When rough times come, we desire to be heard. Unfortunately, friends and family may offer potential answers without really hearing us. Being heard is as much an answer to a problem as a plan is. The beauty of God is reflected in his ability to hear us with his undivided attention.
God is all-knowing. Nothing is hidden from him. Every tiny detail about you and I is known by God. The Psalmist said, “You know it all”. (Psalm 139:4) And yet God does not act like a “know-it-all”. He does not offer solutions without hearing us completely. In fact, at times it may appear that God is not acting on our behalf when, in reality, he understands that, initially, we need someone to listen to how we feel. I know this from experience.
There have been times when my son has told me about a problem he was experiencing. Too often I made the mistake of giving him ideas before really hearing him out. Even though I may give a solution that might work, he has seemed inconsolable. Perhaps what he really needed first was an ear to hear him. Oh I heard words, but missed how he was feeling.
Isn’t God so wonderful? Not only does he have answers, he has a listening ear to hear our hearts’ cry.
King David wrote a beautiful song that we find in 2 Samuel 22. He said, “I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praise”. (2 Samuel 22:4) He went on to say, “in my distress I called upon the Lord, Yes I cried to my God; and from His temple he heard my voice and my cry for help came into His ear”. (2 Samuel 22:7)
Imagine! God, the creator who sees and knows all, actually listens. He could speak, and he does, but first he listens. What wonderful grace and love he has for all of us.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone who is just waiting to speak? They are waiting for you to stop talking so they can offer their perspective. God, whose wisdom makes the total wisdom of man look ridiculous, is not like that. He is patiently listening to each one who will cry out to him. David knew this truth. It caused him to conclude, “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing praises to Your name.” (2 Samuel 22:50)
In the midst of any and all issues of life, we can cry out to someone who listens to us and, like David, we will joyfully worship the God who hears us! We appreciate your Comments