The Best Listener Ever – God Always Hears
“During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.”
One of the basic needs of every human being is to be heard. This is not just a desire to have the words coming from our mouths enter into a friend’s ears, but a desire to be truly heard and understood. There are a few good listeners in this world, but the best and perfect listener is our kind and loving heavenly Father.
God Always Hears and Responds to Our Prayers
Communication is often a difficult thing. The connection between individuals often gets confused because it is hard to find the words that rightly represent the thoughts and emotions we have inside. On the other hand, it also takes a lot of work to be a good listener. We tend to think we must provide immediate answers, correct wrong thinking, or solve any real or perceived problems quickly. So our brains short circuit the listening process because we are focusing on how we should respond rather than on the heart of the message being conveyed.
There are other times when we can’t physically be available for someone who needs a listening ear. We get busy or miss the call of a hurting friend. But there is Someone who hears every cry, who listens attentively to our words, and sees beyond words spoken to the real cry of our hearts. God, our heavenly Father, always hears and responds.
God Knew About Israel’s Oppression In Egypt
Four hundred years had passed since Jacob and his family had traveled the long road to Egypt. Seventy family members reunited with their brother, Joseph, and settled in this foreign country to escape a famine God had brought on the land. The Pharaoh who respected Joseph had since passed away and the new Pharaoh had become suspicious of this family turned nation. God had blessed his people in the fertile fields of Egypt and they grew in number and power. In fear the new leader oppressed the Israelites conscripting them to build his pyramids and cities.
Over time the oppression grew to such great proportions that the people groaned and cried out in anguish to the God of their fathers. And God heard their groaning, and remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel – and God knew. Although the suffering slaves didn’t see it, God had already begun the process of setting them free.
God Begin Answering Our Prayers Before We Even Know
On the backside of the Arabian desert, the angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a burning bush. “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of the land into a good and spacious land. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
How this story comforts my heart! So often we try to express the struggles, confusion, and hurts we feel inside but are misunderstood. Yet when we call out to God in faith He hears us. He looks past the tangle of words and understands our heart. And even when we don’t immediately see the answers we can be assured that He has set about to rescue and deliver us.
Do you want to be heard – truly heard? Then call out to the LORD, the best listener around! God always hears, is never confused, and is constantly attentive to our cries. He hears our groans, understands our hearts, and has the power to rescue. He did it for the Israelites and He will do it for you.
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