All month long, I’ve focused on two things:
- Me hearing God
- God hearing me
- “I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him.”1
- “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”2
- “Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.”3
“Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”4
“I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble, and you will answer me.”5
God answers me!
What can be more reassuring than knowing that God is for me, and that He answers me?
So often, our lives face circumstances which appear ready to crush the very hope within us. I was reading a fellow blogger's recent post about his wife, and as often is the case, I was reminded how trivial my struggles are. It’s funny in a way, but when fear grips you; your life can seem so fragile and perilous. I felt that way last night, as doubt and fear crept upon me, telling me,
“You’re all alone. No one will help you. You’ve got nowhere to go, and you have no options left.”
As I pondered these thoughts (my mistake was to listen in the first place), I wondered what would I do with my back against the wall and what looks like total and imminent defeat before me.
I thought about Job and how he must have felt as the news reports came in; each subsequent one more damming and destructive than the previous one. Finally the moment arrived when Job’s wife offered a piece of advice,
“His wife said to him, ‘Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.’”6
I wondered, Does everyone faced with what appears to be dire circumstances, also face the option to give up? Does death appear a viable solution for some?
|As I pondered these questions, I remembered that God lives. I reminded myself of how often over the past year, God has intervened on my behalf. I asked myself if God gets as excited about my cries for His help as I do over His answering my cries for help.|
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”7
Perhaps it’s the mistaken notion that one’s life has no value that causes some to end theirs. But as I lay on my bed praying, I cried out to Jesus, who reminded me that:
- I was once a prisoner, kidnapped by sin.
- Christ paid my life’s ransom by dying for me.
- Christ rose from the grave so that I too will rise.
- Christ promised to never leave or forsake me.
“Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”8
Almighty God and Father,
Who is like You Lord? None as faithful, holy, loving and gracious as You. You anwser me without fail. Never are you silent to my words. I lift up the names of family members, friends, and silent ones who struggle with doubt and fear; those who feel so all alone. Those who've lost their job. Those who've lost their marriage. Those who've lost the security of their home. Those who face health issues. Everyone of these precious and valuable lives needs an answer from You oh God. Maybe they feel like giving up, but remind them Lord, that You're that same God who they called on before in times past. Fill them with joy as the memory of You answering a prayer is re-kindled. Touch their lives that they may be established and assured that, I'm not alone. Thank You Lord, for Your lovingkindness and grace, in Jesus name. Amen.
|Note: This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays (hosted by Charlotte and Ginger).|
- Psalm 116:1-2, The Message Bible
- Psalm 27:8, NASB
- Psalm 56:9, NIV
- Psalm 86:6-7, NIV
- Psalm 86:7, NASB
- Job 2:9, NLTB
- Matthew 16:26, NLTB
- Psalm 89:8, NIV
- The Ryrie Study Bible, New American Standard Version, Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6
- The Message Bible, by Eugene H. Peterson, NavPress Publishing Group, Colorado Springs, CO, ISBN-13: 978-1600060250
- The NIV Study Bible, Edited by Kenneth Barker, Donald Burdick, John Stek, Walter Wessel and Ronald Youngblood, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, USA
- The New Living Translation Bible, by Tyndale Charitable Trust, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, ISBN-13: 978-0842384896