“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.“
A friend of mine wrote a short post on Facebook, thanking God for listening to us, and for not only listening, but for speaking to us as well, and the Spirit within me leaped for joy. Have you ever taken the time to meditate on that thought?
Just think, the God and Creator of the universe and all that is within it, not only hears my voice, but He recognizes it from the noisy cries and shouts of billions of people, and animals, and machinery. He hears my weakest whisper in the midst of bombs going off, gunshots ringing, and the shouts of angry mobs, and in spite of all that the God of all must do, He’s not too busy to pause and listen to me. And just think, with all that He is doing, to prepare for great and terrible day of the Lord, He makes time to speak to me, and not just to me, but to everyone who calls upon His name!
Just stop what you’re doing right now, and think about that for a minute… If you are a child of God, He listens to you, when you cry out to Him, and even when you’re too weak to utter His name, and when you don’t even know how to pray or what to pray for, He sends His Spirit to pray for you…
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
I don’t know about you, but I find that so encouraging. When I am at my weakest, and everyone else has turned their backs on me, God hears my cries, and He answers them. When I have failed God, and broken His heart yet again, in His mercy, He still listens to me when I cry out to Him.
16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what He did for me.
17 For I cried out to Him for help,
praising Him as I spoke.
18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw His unfailing love from me.
I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times God has heard my cries and delivered me. And when I have forgotten how great His love is for me and for you, He reminds me yet again, by listening, and responding to my cries. And get this, this love that I’m telling you about is not just aimed at me. He loves you just as much as He loves me. His love for us knows no bounds. If you won’t take my word for it, then take King David’s…
4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles...
15 … The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
Imagine that! It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around this, yet I know it is true, because this poor woman has cried out to the Lord over and over again, and He has heard my cries and delivered me from all my fears.
How can I help but respond with love to the One who loves me with such a fierce love? How can my heart not beat faster at the sound of His voice? How can I not love the One who sacrificed everything for my sake? How can you not love the One who gave His all for you, and leans close to hear your voice?
1 I love the Lord because He hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because He bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
Thank You Father, for the great love You have for Your children. Thank You for hearing our voices above the cacophony all about us, and most importantly, thank You for actually listening and responding to us, too. Thank You, Lord for Your still small voice, and help us, help me, to be still, and listen.
Help me to wait on You Lord, and teach me how to bless You, just as You bless me. Lord, I pray that those who read this will rejoice in You, because no matter what’s going on in the world, You still have time to listen to Your children, and to answer them. Father, in Jesus’ name, I pray that You will continue to hear us when we call upon You, and that You will continue to answer and show us great and mighty things that we don’t know. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Cheryl A. Showers