Some of the most powerful messages come from the most simple of words, don’t they? ‘How are you’, ‘I understand’, simple phrases like these are far more comforting, far more impactful than long verbose prose. Sometimes, even words are unnecessary, because just a look, a touch, a hug; speaks volumes of the care, concern and support that has been made available.

And as if to prove this point, an insurance agency ran an ad lately in which they got people to spend a few minutes looking into the eyes of their loved ones. No words, no actions; just sit across from the one whom you love and just look into their eyes.

Of course, the end result in the ad was that people started breaking down, tearing, hugging each other; filled with emotion because of all the memories that they have shared. It’s a great exercise in getting in tune with your emotions, and I recommend you try it. Doreen and I tried it, and we broke out laughing. But that’s just us.

Anyway, that got me thinking; if we ever had an opportunity to just sit and stare into the eyes of Jesus, what do we think we will see? How do we think we will feel?

You know, life is such. Over time, and under the stresses of life, we start treating God and seeing God the way our children see us. When they get the toy they wanted, we are the best mum and dad the world has ever known. But when we haul them off to bed, not letting them stay up late to watch TV, we are the most evil set of parents the world has ever known. Isn’t this true?

And like our children, we never stop to think about just how God must be feeling in order for Him to make the decisions that He does over our lives. We never stop to think about how all that happens fit into the grand plans that He has for us, plans that He told us about in Jeremiah,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

We just go, ‘get blessed, good God; no blessings, bad God’.

It is little wonder then why so many of us get jaded and disappointed with God when things go wrong; because our first instinct is to think that God has somehow taken a coffee break and wasn’t paying attention to us when those troubles were about to surface, and now, they are full blown.

But you know, beloved child of God, David has left us with a very simple verse, made up of very simple words; but words so powerful that if you write them in your heart and recall them in your troubles, it will change the way you see God in the bad times and realign your eyes to the truth.

“In my distress I cried to the Lord,
And He heard me.” Psalm 120:1

In my distress, in my trouble, I cried to the Lord. But that is not the most touching bit; this is;

“…He heard me." Psalm 120:1

For many of us, we can rationalize and justify the bad experiences in our lives because we’ve been around the block enough times to know that indeed,

“…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Because just like Joseph, who told his brothers who sold him off when he met them again much later in life,

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20

We have seen many times that for us, troubles turn out to be blessings in disguise.

But the thing that we worry most about, the thing that we fear, is that God does not hear. Because let’s face it, if we are in trouble, God can deliver us and turn things around for us. But if He doesn’t even hear us, we are in trouble.

So that is why these simple words are so powerful for us.

“In my distress I cried to the Lord,
And He heard me.” Psalm 120:1

In our distress, we can call to the Lord for it is written, even in the old testament,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 3:16

The knowledge that we are not alone, knowing that we have never been and will never be abandoned by God, that should and must stay with us not only through the good times but especially the bad. For you see, when we know that we are not alone, there is really nothing that we need to fear, because we don’t need to fend for ourselves, do we?

No matter what you are going through today, no matter how you are feeling right now, Jesus knows, and our Father cares.

Whether you are calling out to Him with joy for the bounty that He has given you, or you are calling out to Him in distress caused by the troubles that are assailing you, we can always have the confidence that whenever we call out to Him, whenever we call on Him, He always hears because He always cares.

So beloved child of God, today’s message is a lot simpler than usual, and a lot shorter than usual, because there really is nothing more that needs to be said. No matter what your situation is right now, just remember;

Jesus hears.

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