"Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah, saying, "Go and say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David," I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will add fifteen years to your life." Isaiah 38:4-5 NAS
This verse gives us two things we can be sure of. In these two things we can take extreme comfort. These two things may not always appear to be seen by us, but none the less they are always happening. These two things are that the Lord always hears our prayers and He always sees our tears. We can be sure that He has not left us as orphans down here to fend for ourselves not to be heard or seen.
Rather He has adopted us and made us His own. We are His delight and He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Sometimes though it may seem that He is tarrying in His answer to us. Maybe you have been praying about something for a long time and He has not yet answered your prayer. Maybe you’re sick and have been praying for a healing and He has not healed you. Maybe you have seen Him heal others and still not you. Maybe He is teaching you to trust in Him. Take heart He has heard you.
He has seen all your tears. He is not some far off God as the world thinks. He is very personal and as I have said before He gives us His undivided attention, while being complete divided. His focus is you and His focus is me. When we face tragedy or severe illness we seem to direct our complete focus on Him. The cares of the world fade quickly. Then through time again our attention gets divided and our focus goes back to the cares of the world. The busyness of life may again come in and take our full attention off of the Rock of our salvation.
We may even start forgetting to pray to Him or we may not have time to read His word. Then something comes into our life and we quickly run back to that place of focus on Him and our prayers intensify once again. We bring our shed tears to Him, crying out the Psalm David cried. "Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book (KJV)?" Isn't it wonderful that God does not work that way? He does not ever get too busy to hear us.
He is not on the other side of the world taking care of someone else’s tragedy or problems and says, "Oh man, I need to get over to help Adam out." On the contrary He is always here listening to my hearts cry. The Creator of the universe the eternal God the Lord, Yah Yahweh always hears me. Take this verse and make it personal. Maybe you’re in a tough time? Maybe you are facing a tragedy or have lost a loved one? Maybe you just found out last week that you have cancer and have been praying in agony over it with all the fears of the unknown?
He has this verse to say to you as He had to say to Isaiah around twenty six hundred years ago. The message is still the same. He still says, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears." He knows, He knows and He knows your hurts and fears and your tears. Not one tear has been overlooked. What we need to go back to is trust. Simple trust that He is God and we are not. Thank goodness for that. For King Hezekiah the answer to His prayer was in accordance with God's will.
You might have cancer and are praying desperately for a healing. He may not heal you though. His answer might be hard to come to terms with. The hard thing to grasp is that sometimes His answer is that we come home to be with Him. Our lives may be called home so that someone else's life will hear the call to eternal life. That is life eternal in Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Phil 1:21)." I say if Christ can use our lives to save one life then so be it and all glory to His Name.
Dear beloved child of the King always remember that He is listening intently to you. In Psalm 4:3 it says, "But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him (NAS). Proverbs 15:29 says, "...He hears the prayer of the righteous." When times seem utterly lonely and no one is around, when it seems we are trapped in despair and when the hurt of our hearts seems to be overwhelming, remember He hears you.
This we can cling to with confidence. First John 5:14 reminds us, "And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." The key is to remember that we are asking according to His will. His will always leads to His glory. If our prayers are being prayed with any other intention then we will find discouragement and disappointment with God's answer. He hears us perfectly and we need to trust that He answers us perfectly.
Today remember that He hears us perfectly and we can trust Him perfectly. He sees our tears and collects them in His bottle. Not one has escaped His notice ever. If you are in a place of despair be encouraged and lift your prayers up once again. He hears your voice and sees your tears. If you are not in this place then remember this for the time when you find life trampling over you like a freight train.
Here is another reminder verse. Soak it in like a dry cactus in the desert. "I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live (Psalm 116:1-2 NAS)."
In His Mercy,
It is my prayer that you would be encouraged in your day-to-day walk and that you would be in the word everyday.
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