The God Who Hears
How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. (Isaiah 30:19)
Mike remembers how, when he was younger, it was easy to get impatient with older folk who didn’t hear what you said the first time. Now that he is getting older and is starting to miss things himself, he is suddenly very sympathetic! Not being able to hear is a real hindrance; things so easily get missed or misunderstood. But thankfully, we have a God Who is neither deaf nor hard of hearing. He is the God Who hears.
The Bible is full of testimony to the fact that God really does hear when we call out to Him. Abraham became so convinced that God hears us that he called his first-born son “Ishmael” (“God hears”). David’s testimony was, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry" (Psalm 40:1). Isaiah said, “How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you” (Isaiah 30:19). The testimony of all these, and countless others, is that God is a God Who hears.
In fact, in the Old Testament, “not hearing” was seen as a characteristic of deaf and dumb idols and the false gods they represented. That’s why Elijah taunted the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel when their "gods" didn’t answer. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no-one answered, no-one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:27-29).
In contrast to this, the living God is the God Who always hears, just as He did when Israel cried out to Him in slavery “and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob” (Exodus 2:23-24).
Don’t doubt today that God hears – and that God hears you… he hears us. (1 John 5:14)
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