Monday, February 22
The God Who Communicates - Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)
"I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!"
In our hurried culture, with its drive-through mentality and technological convenience, God offers something different — a loving, long-term and transparent relationship.
All too often, we find ourselves reviewing Twitter posts or Facebook feeds, with the hopes of finding some meaningful relational connection. However, these sites do not allow for the needed relational interactions with people, for people who are physically present with us!
God continually invites us into a elationship. In today’s Scripture, the psalmist says that he loves to call on the Lord, because God heard his cries and prayers. God listens, and we, yearning for authentic and meaningful relationships, must respond with thanksgiving and humility, as we respond in faith to this wonderful relationship.
God’s companionship has been a comfort to me as I have felt the emotional distance from family, friends, and my tribe, created by the physical long-distance. During our time in the U.S., I initially felt discouraged by my separation from so many people who I normally relied on for support. Turning to God through reading the Scriptures, praising His name, and meditating on Him in moments of stillness, deepens my awareness of the relationship God intends for us to have with Him.
As we experience emotional alienation and yearn for true relationship, let us remember the Lord, who hears our voice and answers with love.
God sees, hears, and speaks into our lives.
“You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me! Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!” (Psalm 35:22-24 ESV)
Rev. Will Main - Lawrence, Kansas