Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Our God Has Ears

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

28th August 2011

When you read through the Old Testament it becomes apparent that some of its characters believed that the Lord God was deaf; at least He didn’t seem to hear their cries.

Take for example the following verses from the Psalms:

‘Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?’ (Psalm 10:1)
‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.’ (Psalm 22:1–2)
‘Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression? (Psalm 44:23–24)

Reading these verses you might be forgiven for thinking that God doesn’t listen and worse, doesn’t care.

So Job asks a legitimate question that we all want an answer to:

‘Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?’ (Job 27:9)

And David offers a prayer on behalf of all of us:

‘Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping…’ (Psalm 39:12)

Well God has answered this prayer supremely in the coming of Jesus.

Although some of the Old Testament characters might have thought that God didn’t listen or care, the coming of Jesus put an end to that speculation. Not only has God not figuratively stuck his fingers in His ears, He came to us taking on literal ears.

As Jesus walked on this earth His ears would have been filled with the desperate cries of those who were in need. And as He heard their cries He was full of compassion, demonstrating that He cared. Here’s just one such example:

‘As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:29–34)

Jesus was touched to the deepest part of His being and responded with compassion more profound than we can ever know.

If you are experiencing a trial, problem or difficulty then cry out to the God with ears; Jesus will hear you and show compassion.

And then you will discover what David eventually understood:

‘I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand’. (Psalm 40:1–2)

And then our only response is to praise Him, and as we praise Him for His love and compassion others will turn Him too.

‘He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him’. (Psalm 40:3)

Have a good week talking to the listening God.

Pastor Barry

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