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Does God hear my cry?
“Lord, how long must I keep praying this same thing?”
“Lord, do you hear me?”
“Lord, will this ever happen?”
“Lord, did I hear you wrong?”
Any of these questions sound familiar? Have you found yourself praying so long for something that you eventually stop praying for it?
Maybe you assume God is only good sometimes or to some people or in the right situations.
Where we focus matters
At some point we shift our focus off who God is, and with all intensity, focus on that thing we are praying. All our passion and focus directed at the cry of our heart.
This is the moment doubt is given a voice, fear takes a bold stand, and discouragement hops into the front seat.
A key verse for us to brand into our heart is found at the end of Isaiah 60:22.
“I am Yahweh; I will accomplish it quickly in its time.”
Friends, He isn’t slow to respond.
God is perfect, patient, and right on time.
When the time is 100% perfect, He will act quickly.
- ignoring us.
- unkind or cruel.
- bothered and too busy.
He will accomplish all things quickly in its time. He is perfect. He is Sovereign.
When doubt and fear creep in, we must remind ourselves to take our eyes off ourselves and desires and place them on who God is. This is the secret. This is the key to perfect peace.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
When something begins to weigh heavily on my soul, I have to make a choice. Will I allow what the Lord has defeated to overwhelm me? Or will I choose to remember who He is?
But the Lord.
Sometimes when I read scripture, one or two small words leap out to me. I underline them and toss them around.
Isaiah 60:19 “….but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor.”
But the Lord.
- When discouragement tempts me to fall prey to its power, I can say, “but the Lord.”
- When fear screams in tantrum, I can say, “but the Lord.”
- When doubt whispers in the dark, I can say, “but the Lord.”
Friends, He is good always. Do you believe that with everything in your soul?
If I’m honest, I don’t always believe this to be true. I do in my head, but I don’t let it connect to my heart. I live in a way that conveys the opposite to be true. That God isn’t good always.
What the Bible doesn’t say
A popular misinterpreted passage of scripture tells us God won’t give us more than we can bear. This is not true. We live in a fallen, sin-filled world. Do you mean to tell me the mother who buries her child can bear the weight of that grief? So what happens when she is drowning in the darkest pit she’s ever known? Is she to believe she’s somehow supposed to bear that weight?
When people tell her God won’t give her more than she can handle, what will she begin to think about God?
He promises to be our strength when we are weak. We can’t bear what this world offers us. Only God can do that.
God didn’t say He’d not give us more than we could bear. No, this is what He said.
What the Bible Does Say
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
- We will face more than we can handle.
- But Jesus overcame it all.
- So we must choose to remember “but God”.
- We must remember His Word tells us He will act quickly in its time.
- We must remember He is our Healer and our Comforter.
- By His stripes we are healed.
- One day He will wipe away every tear.
I’m a part of Community Bible Study. This year we are studying Isaiah. What a book. This is my 3rd time studying this book, and I still struggle through each passage. Today’s commentary is so good I had to share it with you.
“Jesus knew that we tend to give up when prayers are unfulfilled. But God will act on His own timetable, not ours. So we may need to talk with God repeatedly about the same issue. As we do, we get to know Him better. And as we know Him better, we begin to understand how He wants us to pray – “at all times in the Spirit, with…supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18)”
Community Bible Study, Isaiah Vol. 2 page 144.
Some practical help
I wrote a devotion to help us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. It’s so easy to focus on the problems that seem bigger than we know our God to be.
We find ourselves
- and fearful
….because we can’t see a solution or a happy ending in sight. But we look at the wrong spot. We have to teach ourselves a new habit.
Habits are hard to break. I recently read a book The Power of Habits. It was pretty thought-provoking as I considered my thought habits. My worry habits. I bet you have a few as well.
The good news is the brain is pliable and is able to be retrained. We have to retrain our thoughts to focus on who God is rather than what we worry about.
This is why
- I wrote Illuminate.
- I’ve designed scripture pillowcases.
- I’ve created inspirational tea towels. Everywhere we look we need to remember who He is.
Illuminate will take you on a 14 day journey into a more intimate walk with God. It’s gentle and kind to your soul. One day at a time to reflect on His nature. When you see Him by the light of His Word, all the darkness you face will begin to fade.
If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, maybe today is a good day.
Maybe you have a friend you want to encourage? Send her a copy by purchasing and entering her email address.
One final thing
And before I forget, I’ve started a new Instagram account. I’d love if you’d follow along if you are already on IG. And tag a friend or many.
And one more thing, I don’t take for granted you spending your time here with me. In a world where so much pulls for our online attention, you spending this time here with me reflecting on God’s glory means a lot. Blessings to you!