March 18th Lenten Devotional

The Listening Ear

Mark Ford

Psalm 86:6-7

My mother was an avid reader. When she was engrossed in a book, she could sometimes tune out all of my brother’s and sisters yammering for her attention. Our need wasn’t always immediate or urgent, but we always wanted to be heard! While she may not have always responded as quickly as we would have liked, we knew that Mom was always present. Her love for us didn’t end just because we thought she wasn’t listening!

We all want to feel like we have God’s ear—that God is listening to us. Yet, we are often like needy children that cry out just to be heard and noticed. We want to feel valued and if God doesn’t respond the way that we think that God should, we feel diminished. However, that is not the character of God. God hears us at all times, and perhaps even more so in times of trouble. As the Psalmist says, in the day of trouble, God will answer me. Unfortunately, at least from our human perspective, the answer does not always fit with the result that we may be praying or hoping for. Our understanding as Christians is that God will answer according to the purposes of God. Even when God doesn’t answer in the way that we want, we know that God is present.

God’s love for us never ends. God is present and hears our cries of need. God will respond. God listens.
When was a time you felt that you had the ear of God?
How can you respond when it feels like God doesn’t hear your prayers?
How can you continue to walk in faithfulness in times of need and distress?

Mark Ford is the pastor at Lakes Area Presbyterian Church in Baxter, Minnesota, a community of older adults seeking to serve one another with love.

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