God Hears

September 24, 2017
by Rod Marshall

Psalm 22:1-2 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. (ESV)

As someone who generally likes to be in control, I have sometimes found it hard to let go and trust God to handle it. This is especially so when there seems to be no quick, easy, or beneficial solution to a situation, only a long-term slog, intimidating and undesirable.

I am tempted to ask of God, "Where were/are you? Why cannot we have the victory for once, or deliverance, or the easy way out? How could you allow this? Lord, hear my prayer!"

I have railed against God, sometimes in despair, and sometimes in anger and frustration.

My probing of God has covered a multitude of sins and situations, whether it was to do with sickness (mine or someone else's), work or family, or national or church circumstances. I begin to see that God has accepted my contention, anger, fear, agony, or grief because He values my interaction, as the proverbial dog with a bone.

Yes, it can be so when I am sheepish because I have messed up, or else when I want Him to help me out or to deliver me. There will always be justice in the end, but also grace now. Sometimes, this comes through human agency, sometimes by miracle, sometimes by nothing apparent on the earth here and now. He helps us through the hurt.

God sees things differently from us, from over a longer time period than that of the heat of the moment. He permeates all time. Jesus came to set the captives free, to cause the blind to see, and to bring hope and favour. Sometimes, that may hurt or cause us disagreement. Sometimes, that freedom or growth involves the death of a loved one. It can be for the nation, the church, or an individual. Although God has sometimes seemed at a distance — unknowable, missing in action — that is a lie of the evil one. Jesus always hears, and to be in His hearing is to be in a safe place, if we allow ourselves to be open to His love, His compassion, and His righteous anger for us.

So today, if you are feeling aggrieved with God, fed up with waiting for an answer that seems forever in coming, in despair, struggling to trust God that it will ever be resolved, do not give up hope, because, despite a fallen world and its form, God hears. That is life. God understands. God envelopes us with His love.

In His presence is a safe place, in sorrow, anger, praise, or joy. So, with me, take some time out today and rest in His presence. Lay down the burden for a moment, and know that He has been there, too. Read again today's verses, which Jesus spoke on the cross where He died for us.

Prayer: Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer. We lay down our burden before Your throne that we may know Your divine healing and peace in our lives. Please pick us up today and restore in us a right relationship with Immanuel: God with us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickmarshall@yahoo.com>

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Rod.


    Wonderful devotional Rod. Thank you for writing.


    Hi Rod
    God be with us always. And especially with you in these times.


    Thanks Rod for sharing this devotional with us today. May God meet your every need. Blessings.


    Dear Rod, Amen to that! God is truly always there, sometimes we just can’t recognize it because we are so impatient. God truly hears!


    Dear Rod
    I needed these words this morning. Besides my husband being diagnosed with dementia, my daughter is suffering from anxiety attacks. It is at times like these that the only thing that I can be of help is by talking to God in my anxiousness and asking Him to help me to let go and trust in Him. Easier said than done sometimes….


    Good Morning Rod,
    Thank You for your message and prayers. I suspected it was you, bringing God’s word to us, when I read “Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer”.
    Lord, in your mercy, spare the land that you created so long ago. Let not the rulers of one small and one huge country let their pride and arrogance destroy all countries. Forgive us for creating weapons that are capable of destroying all of your creation, and grant that they are never used. Let your Peace transcend all war. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


    So true, My prayer is Here I am Lord. Good morning and then I go into my prayer time.
    A good one which has helped me is Ps 25: 4 & 5. I taught this verse in a 2nd grade Sunday School class and it had music with it. That could be 35 years ago.
    Several years ago, we were in a rollover. Had seat belts on but rolled several times. Husband had a paralyzing injury. I was hospitalized. I was flown home to the hospital that I had worked in for many years. It felt so good to be coming into the emergency doors. I had cleaned up that room so many times. But this scripture helped me in the days to come! We did so much traveling so we miss it.
    When nursing we had an elderly person who kept saying “Oh, Lord where to go and what to do” over and over. You need to be quiet so you can hear God talk to you. This is a saying we say frequently.
    Love these message that come through daily from this site.


    Wow! You really touch my heart. Thank you for your strait forward description of what we feel so often, and how close the Lord is to our pain. God bless.

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