9 October 2012

Psalm 22.24

For those of you struggling to read your bibles I would definitely encourage you to read Psalms amongst the easier books (the ones that tell the stories of people in detail - like Ruth, or Esther, or 1&2 Samuel - it's really easy to see God's hand in such books and see how He arranged the details of people's lives and answered them etc) because it is such a goldmine. There are so many verses in Psalms that show evidence of God's forward planning and setting of the stage for Jesus coming later in the New Testament, as well as whole chapters of poems written to God that will tug personally at your heart strings when you identify with how the authors are feeling. Anyway, it's an amazing book, and a good place to start when you are looking at the bible, but I just wanted to share one particular verse with you that I read recently and think can massively bless you.

"For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard."

- Psalm 22.24

The verse talks about the fact that God hears us when we cry out to Him. With God there is no hierarchy; He doesn't hear the prayers or cries of the rich before He hears the cries of the poor. He doesn't only hear us if we have an important job. He hears everyone.

Don't believe me?

Read the story of Hagar the servant girl in the Old Testament (Genesis 21.1-21). She was thrown out by Abraham's wife Sarah into the desert with her son Ishmael. God heard the cries of the son of a servant girl, and not only did He hear the boy's cries, but He blessed him too.

It doesn't matter who you are, if you cry out to God, He will hear you. And even if the answer you get is not what you would have wanted or chosen for yourself, trust and remember that God's ways are higher than ours, and He never lets anything happen without having a reason for it in His ultimate plan.

Let Him know what's up, and listen when He responds. He loves you.

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