December 24, 2017

God Hears Your Whispers – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed. O You who hear prayer, To You all men come. …By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,…” (Psalm 65:1-2, 5)

Man is created as a social creature. God, himself, acknowledged that it is not good to be alone. (Genesis 2:18) Even in a crowd, we can find ourselves alone, without someone with whom we can share our thoughts, our fears, our desires. Loneliness is painful, and that pain can become overwhelming. Pity the poor soul who has no one.

There are circumstances in the life of most when loneliness overshadows like a cloud, when no one is there to listen and provide counsel. Holidays, when it seems loving families surround everyone, seem to intensify the pain.

Or perhaps there is some problem so personal and intimate that it seems unfitting or too embarrassing to share with anyone else. But God will listen! No need is so small, no place too remote, no burden too heavy. The “God of all grace” and “the God of all comfort” will listen and care.

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (I Peter 5:10)

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4)

“The LORD hears when I call to Him.” (Psalm 4:3)

Teenagers may complain that their parents won’t listen to them; wives may believe their husbands don’t listen; sometimes it seems that no one will listen to our questions or ideas about anything. But

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)

“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)

But how can He listen? After all, God is far away on His throne. The risen Savior ascended far above all heavens to sit down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

How can the Father hear when we whisper a prayer in our hearts that no human could hear?

God is indeed up there, but He is also right here! Furthermore Jesus promised an additional comforter.

“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7)

The laws of physics tell us that we cannot be in two different places at the same time. But the author of those laws is above them. Man is quite different from the eternal creator who can be in heaven and in our small dark room. He can be with us in the midst of the lightning on the mountaintop and in the inner recesses of the black darkness of the depths of the earth. God. All of this is true while, “…God abides in us,…” (I John 4:12)

Of course, His hearing and living within is conditional.

“If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;” (Psalm 66:18)

“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.” (I Peter 3:12)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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