One of my friends posted something on Facebook that made me think. He shared how grateful he was for family and friends who listen when he needs to talk. I thought about it, and I agree – it’s a blessing to have people in your life who are willing to listen. Many people are too busy or self-absorbed to really listen when you have a lot on your mind. And if they do “listen,” they’re often so full of advice that they never hear what you’re saying. It’s truly a blessing to find anyone available and able to listen when you need to talk.
Aren’t you glad that Jesus isn’t like us? He’s compassionate, understanding, and eager to listen; that’s why we can “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God” (Hebrews 4:16. New Living Translation). Daily, He gives life to everything on earth, yet He’s never too busy to listen to us. Even when a lot of people call Him at the same time, He never gets distracted; He gives everyone undivided attention. And even when we can’t articulate how we feel, He’s an interpreter (see Romans 8:26).
Most importantly, He answers our prayers! No wonder David exclaimed, “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4, New Living Translation). If you prayed this year, be thankful, because God heard you! He never gets tired of listening to us, so call Him whenever you need to.