Because He Listens …

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.