No one ever had to notify me that my daughter was crying. I always knew the moment her first little whimper started. However, when she was a baby, sometimes I would not always run to her at the first cry I heard. Instead, we would watch the clock, listen intently, and decide if she actually needed something or would resettle herself after a few minutes without intervention. I hated hearing her struggle and always wanted to run to her immediately—which is why I had to watch the clock. (Otherwise I might run to her after ten seconds thinking it had been an hour!) I knew in the long run, she would be better off if I did not always run to her aid.
I think God views us the same way. He hates to see us struggling, or even crying. Yet He has a higher purpose in mind. Our struggles are not in vain! He is very attentive to our cries. He too, is watching the clock. However, as a parent, sometimes I would get it wrong. Sometimes I would think my daughter needed to sleep, when she really needed her diaper changed! Praise God that as our perfect Father, He never gets it wrong! He never lets us cry longer than we should.
Psalm 34:15 NASB
“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.”
Our verse today reminds us that “the eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous…” (Psalm 34:15). He’s very aware of our situation and our feelings and our struggles. “…His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15). As His children, He’s open to our cries. He knows exactly what we need and will not let us suffer beyond what we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Do you believe that? Do you feel sometimes as if God doesn’t hear your cry or care about your struggle? Do not believe the lies! He is very concerned. Just remember that He also has a higher purpose (even though we may not understand). And when it’s tough, He too, is the Great Comforter (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Praise Him today for His comfort and His attentiveness to what concerns us.
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming daily devotional.