Jonah 2:1-2 God Hears You Where You Are

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help.” Jonah 2:1-2

Jonah had tried to run from the call of God by jumping on ship and going a different direction. Using an extremely violent storm, God got his attention. After being thrown overboard, God had a large fish swallow him up. While in the fish Jonah cried out to God and God heard him.

Jonah describes the place he was in, the fish, as a realm of the dead. Inside a fish is the place for dead things. The fish has eaten and the body is digesting the food for its own nourishment. As far as Jonah was concerned he was good as dead, yet he cried out to God for help.

Some people have walked away from God, choosing to live a life of the ways of this world. They reject going to church or anything to do with God. As they are running from God, it may appear as though God does not know where they are or what they are doing. God still does know exactly where they are. One must remember that God is everywhere. No one can run so far as to get completely out of God’s sight.

Many people have turned back to God when they were on their deathbed or in the lowest pits of their life. God has always accepted them back.

There are times in your own life where you may have chosen to walk away from God. You may even be there right now. Whether you realize it or not, God is still pursuing you. He loves you with an undying love. The moment you cry out to Him, He will be right there with you.

No matter how much you have run from God, He will always accept you back as soon as you call out to Him. Just as Jonah cried out when in trouble, you can cry out to God when in trouble. This can be trouble others brought on, or trouble you brought on from running from God. Return to God and give your life to Him. Trust that He loves you enough to take you back.

I pray today that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will live your life for God; that you will  not run from God; and that you will always know that God hears your prayers.

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Ezekiel 11:13 Weeping For Others

Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?” Ezekiel 11:13

God was giving Ezekiel visions of what was coming to the nation of Israel. There was going to be judgment upon the people for the sins that they had committed against God. As he was seeing these visions, some started dying. Ezekiel then saw that the nation would go through extreme punishment and he wondered if God would completely destroy everyone. He cries out to God for mercy upon the people.

There are times when one can look at some of the destruction that is occurring in the world because of sin. People are being killed on a regular basis. Families are being pulled apart. Nations are being split up. The destruction is real.

In the middle of watching all of the world going through destruction, one can also see the destruction of churches. There are people in churches that are being destroyed by sin. This is not just persecution, but destruction because of personal sins in their lives.

Various churches are following the ways of the world and claiming to know God. In the process of doing this, they are bringing down people who want to know God and serve God. There are many who are in these churches that are striving hard to live for God, but are feeling the punishment upon the church because of the sins of others.

Many in the church see these things and just state that they had it coming because of sin. There is no sorrow for what is happening, only judgment.

Ezekiel cried out to God for those few who still believed in God and served Him. Rather than call down judgment upon the people, you must cry out as Ezekiel did for God’s mercy. Pray that God will spare the remnant who are striving to serve Him from the judgment against others.

As a believer, you must be a part of the remnant who will serve God with all of their hearts. Seek to know and understand God’s heart for His people. Call upon God to preserve the remnant and not destroy everyone. As you do this, be the light to others as to how God wants all to live.

I pray today that the remnant of God’s people will be spared of destruction; that all those who claim to believe in Jesus will live for Him; that you will have the heart of God for others; and that you will be a shining light of Jesus to those who are mislead. 

 

Isaiah 30:19 God Is Quick To Hear And Answer

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19

Just before this verse, Isaiah spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem. It would be so terrible that he states that one enemy would make a thousand flee, and just five enemy would make them all flee. The would happen because of the terror that they would feel. All of the destruction would occur because of the sin of turning away from God, rejecting God.

The great thing is that as soon as they would call out to God, He would hear them and answer them. Despite how angry God was with their sin, He was even more gracious and willing to forgive when they cried out to Him.

Many believers have made choices in their life that have pulled them away from God. God has chosen to life His hand of blessing from their lives because of continued sin in their lives.

Most believers are not unaware of what is occurring. They realize that they have strayed from God’s plans for their life and are paying a price for it. They feel as if they can make it without God’s direct guidance and help. That works until God’s hand of favor is lifted and things continue to go wrong.

Many will feel that because of their sin, they can no longer cry out to God. They feel He will no longer hear them because they have strayed so far from Him. You may be one of those in that position right now. You feel as if you cannot call out to God any more, that God will no longer listen to you.

Yet, as soon as you cry out to God, He will hear you. God is perfect love and is very gracious and always willing to forgive.

It is up to you to turn back to Him and seek forgiveness. God cannot extend His forgiveness and favor, unless you call out to Him. He will not force anything on you, you must want it.

Turn back to God today and cry out to Him. Seek His forgiveness in anything you may have done wrong. Then know His great love and mercy that He has for you. He is waiting and listening for you today.

I pray today that you will always seek God in your life; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will continually cry out to God for help; and that you will know God’s love and forgiveness.

Psalm 142:1-2 Where To Bring Complaints

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2

People like to complain about many different things. They complain about their work, their health, their spouses, their children, their co-workers, the weather, and the list goes on. Some people love to complain so much that it appears as if they are unhappy with everything in life.

Complaining constantly often will drive friends away. People do not like to hear about other people’s complaints. They only want to hear the good news.

Life does have its challenges and problems. It is not that one life is better or worse than another, but all have separate challenges.

David was going through an extremely difficult time. He had done nothing wrong and Saul was chasing him to kill him. He was being hunted like a criminal. At the time he wrote this psalm he was in a cave hiding from Saul. Instead of crying out to people about his problems, he brought them before God.

Think about his problem: he had been told by God that he would be the next king of Israel, and now the current king was seeking to kill him. Many people would be calling attorneys to fight for their right to be the king. They would complain to their friends about their vision and problem. Yet, he did none of this. David called out to God.

God is there to hear every complaint that you may have. He will listen with a patient ear. After hearing of your complaint, if you allow Him too, He will also give you His Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you on the journey you are on.

Jesus had promised that you would have troubles in this life, but He also promised that He would be with you through them.

Instead of complaining to people in this world, who really cannot do anything for you, talk to God. Let Him know your feelings and thoughts. Then trust His Spirit in guiding you and giving you strength to continue forward in life.

In the end, David did become king. In the end, if you do not give up, you will win the battle in this life.

Who are you complaining to?

Who are you trusting in?

I pray today that you will bring all your cares to God; that you will not be known as a complainer; that you will speak words of hope and trust in God; and that God will strengthen and guide you in the troubles you are going through.

Psalm 22:1-2 Feeling Alone

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2

David had been crying out to God for deliverance from all of his enemies. As he cried out, he felt as though God was silent and would not answer him. The feeling was to the level of feeling like God had abandoned him. Later in this psalm, David says he will still proclaim God’s righteousness and continue to trust in Him. These are the same words that Jesus proclaimed several thousand years later as He was dying on the cross.

As people go throughout their life, there are times when they feel as though they are completely on their own, and that no one else cares. This often occurs while they are surrounded by a lot of people. There does not seem to be a connection with anyone. Many will commit suicide because they feel so alone and helpless.

Believers can feel the same way at times. They may be going through an extremely difficult time and are crying out to God day and night, with no answer. God is silent and does not appear to care.

It is not that God does not care, but that it is not time for Him to act or speak. God is still in control of everything that is happening. You must continue to trust that God knows what He is doing. Trust that God is righteous and will do nothing wrong.

Instead of focusing on the problems you are facing and that God is not answering them, focus on how good God is. Focus on telling others what Jesus has done for you and can do for them. Focus back on what God has done in the past.

As you do these things, you will be trusting God and giving God the glory and praise. Complaining will not do anything, trust will allow everything.

Even though you may feel alone, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. He is still right by your side at all times, even in your darkest hours of life.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will trust God when you can’t feel Him; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will proclaim God’s goodness to everyone.

Psalm 13:5-6 Just Keep Singing

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6

David started this psalm out crying out to God, feeling alone and that God had completely forgotten him. He felt that the enemy was winning the battle and that God did not care about him anymore. As he cries out to God, David begins to refocus his eyes on God and His great love. He realizes all the good things that God has already done for him and begins to rejoice and sing Him praise.

The challenges and trials that people face can seem very overwhelming, as though they are huge, insurmountable mountains. Looking so large, they can cause most people to focus only on the mountain of problems, rather than on God.

As a person travels west through Colorado, the one thing that gets larger and larger is the Rocky Mountains. One can begin to see them nearly one-hundred miles away. Eventually when one gets to the edge of the mountains, they will begin to be all that one can see. As big as they are, God is the One who made those mountains, He is much larger. Although the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge to cross-over, they are also a great beauty to see.

When you begin to focus your eyes on God and realize how big He really is, you can then begin to remember all that He has done for you already. You realize His great love for you.

God has provided salvation for you by sending His Son Jesus to live and die on the cross. He rose Jesus from the dead so that you may live for eternity.

In the process of saving you, God has allowed various mountains to get in your way. They are there to build you more like Jesus. Instead of looking at the size of the mountain, look at the size of God and what He has already done for you.

Doing this will allow you to have a song of praise on your lips at all times. Give God praise for the wonderful things He has done and is doing in your life. Just keep singing praise to God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s love for you; that you will focus your eyes on God; that you will not fear the mountains in your path; and that you will always sing a song of praise to God.

Psalm 10:17 God Hears And Encourages

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, Psalm 10:17

David started off this Psalm wondering why God was standing a long ways off. He felt that he was all alone. By the time he gets to the end of the Psalm, David knows that God is listening to all who are going through trouble. God reaches down and encourages them and hears what they have to say.

Every person on this earth has had troubles and challenges in life. Some have greater challenges than others, but all have them. It does not matter whether the trouble one is going through is a terminal illness, or a temporary illness, a loss of a job, divorce, or someone being cruel physically or with words, troubles are everywhere.

As people go through hard times, many will cry out to God for help and relief. When they cry out to God and do not get instant results, many will wonder where God is or if He is even listening to them.

Throughout the entire Bible, one of the messages God repeats consistently is that He is with His people. He hears their cries. God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. A few thousand years later, Jesus told the disciples that He would always be with them.

Those lines have never changed. God is still with you to this day. He hears your every cry.

The way to be encouraged is looking back at how God has been with every believer. Read the entire Bible and see how God met the needs of many different people, of all walks of life.

Do not forget to read the end of the Bible in Revelation. In the end Jesus will return and take all of His children home to live in heaven for eternity.

If you continue to believe in God and serve Him, you will win in the end. It does not matter the troubles you are going through today. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is with you and will win the battle.

The old hymnal song says, “it will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.” Be encouraged today, God is listening to your cries. You are not alone.

I pray today that you will know that God is listening to you; that you will know that you will win with God in the end; that God bring you relief from  your troubles; and that God will strengthen you through your troubles in this life.