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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 22

A Listening God – Psalm 17

What if you think no one is listening to you?
A patient with a very common illness told the hospital chaplain, “If I just had a doctor who knew what to do about my problem, everything would be fine.” Her husband said, “She has a good doctor, but he needs someone to give him some lessons on ‘bedside manners.’” She needed someone who would listen to her questions and talk to her with a loving attitude.
It is awful to be in a situation where you do not feel like anyone is listening. When you have a problem or a need, you may feel that no one has time to show you that they really care about you. People offer all kinds of services, but it may seem that they are only doing their “job.” You may feel that people want to tell you what you need, instead of allowing you to describe what you think your needs are.
The good news is . . . someone is listening—someone who knows more about your needs than you know about yourself. The Lord is listening. Have you taken the time to get to know Him? How often do you cry out to Him when you have a need? David describes his experiences with the Lord, “I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God; incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest . . . them which put their trust in thee” (vv. 6, 7).
Are there times in your life when you do not cry out for help because you are not sure anyone is listening? Does it seem like your world is falling apart? There is another option. Believe in the Lord and trust Him to take care of your needs. He has not promised to arrange all circumstances in your life so that everything will be the way you want it. However, He has promised to always be with you and to provide what He knows you really need. It is up to you to trust Him.
Have confidence in the Lord and learn to enjoy life as He provides for you. There is nothing wrong with asking Him to change some circumstances in your life. However, learn to be satisfied with the life He gives you and thank Him for it.
“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness” (v. 15).