Have you ever been talking to someone and in the course of the conversation you ask a question; only to realize by their vague response that they were not truly listening. It’s a bit annoying and we feel a little put out by it. We grumble internally, get their attention, confirm you have a listening ear and try again. We mustn’t get too upset though because we are all guilty of the same thing at one time or another. But there are days when our world seems to be crumbling; those days when we don’t know what to do or where to turn. We run to a friend, a confidante for a sympathetic ear and someone to share the burden but they are inattentive, unsympathetic or preoccupied with their own worries and concerns. There is no listening ear, no reassuring smile, no shoulder to cry on and no warm soothing embrace. All you get is that vague nod and blank stare that tells you they may have been listening but did not truly hear your heart’s desperate cry for comfort.
We all face times of deep frustration and discouragement in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Things we need to share with one who not only listens but also hears and sympathizes; one who can encourage and help us over the rough patches until we are back on our feet again. We all long for that perfect friend. I have such a friend. He’s been there for me – unfailingly! He’s been my strength - literally! He is available when I need Him – always! I have His full attention!
The Lord hears when I call to Him. (Psalm 4:3)
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. (Psalm 18:6)
The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. (Psalm 6:9)
Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. (Psalm 28:6)
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. (Psalm 34:6)
Over and over in the Word of God we find such assurances that God hears us when we call upon Him. One verse even tells us that He hears us before we call (Isaiah 65:24). I have proven Him to be true to His Word. He is a totally dependable confidante and a friend in the truest sense of the word (John 15:13 – check it out). You can trust Him with your deepest hurts. He understands because He has been there. I offer Him to you today. Trust Him and see if He will not be true to His Word in your life.