In the past day or so, reports of discouraging happenings have been coming my way.
Friends are sharing a long list of painful and disheartening events:
~ A little grandchild badly burned on a hot stove…
~ A mother who has fallen and broken her wrist…
~ A grandfather who is trying to recover from pneumonia…
~ A mom who is losing it – literally…
~ A car that has bitten the dust…
~ A job that will never materialize…
~ A child who has walked away from the church…
~ A heart that is in pain…
~ A day that looks impossible…
~ A marriage that may not survive…
I don’t know where today finds you, but if you are like most of us – you may be dealing with something challenging right now.
As I opened God’s Word this morning, I was reminded that challenges have been around since the earliest of days. So many of the books of the Bible were written about and by people who were struggling with life’s ordeals.
David is one of my favorite Bible characters; he writes with such honestly and insight. His words spoke to my heart this morning to encourage me. I pray that the words he penned will encourage your heart as well.
Consider just a few of his prayers – the way he cried out to God when he was hurting and in trouble:
“I cry out to you because You answer me. So tilt Your ears toward me now—
Listen to what I’m saying!”
(Psalm 17:6, CEB)
“Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.”
(Psalm 31:2, NKJV)
“Save me and rescue me,
For You do what is right.
Turn Your ear to listen to me,
And set me free.”
(Psalm 71:2, NLT)
“Bend down, O Lord,
And hear my prayer;
Answer me, for I need Your help.”
(Psalm 86:1, NLT)
“Don’t turn away from me
In my time of distress.
Bend down to listen,
And answer me quickly when I call to You.”
(Psalm 102:2, NLT)
What’s most amazing about these cries for help is that God heard them – every one.
Consider some of God’s responses to David’s pleas for help:
(Psalm 17:6, ERV)
“I will call to You whenever I’m in trouble,
And You will answer me.”
“Because He bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!”
(Psalm 116:2, NLT)
“I love God because He listened to me,
Listened as I begged for mercy.
God is gracious—it is He who makes things right,
Our most compassionate God.
God takes the side of the helpless;
When I was at the end of my rope,
He saved me.”
(Psalm 116:2 & 6, MSG)
No matter where you are and what you are going through today, remember this: you can call out to your God anytime.
He hears you...
He cares deeply about you...
He is YOUR heavenly Father...
He loves you...
Why not take a minute and talk to Him right now?
Blessings to you as you do,