“The Lord is near to all who call upon him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
Do you sometimes feel that God doesn’t hear your prayers or cries for help?
Or perhaps you think you warrant God’s disregard or even anger, for some past sin? You are not alone in this as I have wondered where God was in the midst of my problems too. In the darkest moments of my life I believed that God did not care about my problems and had abandoned me. I sadly did not believe he was near or that he cared. I was prideful and angry, and immersed in my loneliness, unwilling to see that Christ was indeed with me. However, when I ran from him, trying to protect myself from more pain, he relentlessly pursued me.
I want you to know that God is not chased away by your sins or your problems and his desire is not to ignore you. Instead He has come to rescue and heal you.
I had to come to the realization that God was orchestrating things I could not see and I had to be patient and wait while trusting in his timing. It was grueling. But one day…God came…. in a glorious way! He swooped down and rescued me from my difficulties. He showed me that he was indeed near to me, offering me a hope and comfort that I so desperately needed. My doubts of his mercy fled as I welcomed his compassion.
If sin is the reason your life is in an upheaval than confess it and receive his forgiveness when you repent. Asking forgiveness brings humility to your soul and exposes your need for God’s deliverance. This is what Christ wishes for you; he knows what sin can do to a person’s life and he has come to deliver you from that heartache.
Remember, nothing can chase God away, because he came to heal you and set you free. He cares about the details of your life, so don’t hesitate to call upon him for help, for he is near to the brokenhearted. Prayer is where we must begin.
I encourage you this week to remind yourself that God is near to you. He is near when you have miserable days, when you have negative or fearful thoughts, or when you yell at your spouse or kids. His nearness or empathy is not dependant on your good behavior. It’s based on the grace of Jesus Christ and his sacrificial love to us all. So, trust in him and know that he is working things out for you as you bring it to him in prayer.