June 27 – When God Listens

“Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’” Isaiah 58:8-9a (NASB)

The people of Israel were complaining that God did not recognize their religious actions. God responds to them that their fasting was half-hearted and done with the wrong motivation. Insincere fasting resulted in contention, fighting, and pretense. Fasting consisted of more than just an outward ritual and a mock penitence, it involved repentance over sin resulting in humility. Turning from sin, and caring for those in need was required for God to acknowledge their obedience in fasts. In contrast with the complaint of v. 3, a time will come when the Lord will be completely responsive to the prayers of His people. This will be done when they are converted and giving evidence of the transformation in the kind of works that reflect a truly repentant heart This verse is an interesting way to describe what happens when we pray. Seek God with the right heart and God will pour out His blessings. God has a way of letting us know that He is listening when we pray. When we are praying in earnest we’ll be aware that God’s is there and listening because He has promised to be there.



May 14 – Our Accomplisher

“I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me.” Psalm 57:2 (NASB)

Today’s passage comes from another Psalm written by David when he was hiding from King Saul in a cave in the wilderness. King Saul wanted to kill David because he was jealous of David’s popularity. David knew that God had plans for him. He could not forget that God had earlier sent the prophet Samuel to his home town to anoint him to be King of Israel. At the time he was anointed, David wasn’t much except the youngest of Jesse’s sons. So insignificant were his accomplishments that Jesse had forgotten him when Samuel had asked to see all of Jessy’s sons. Even now as he was hiding in a cave to save his life but he did not forget God’s plan for him. David knew God. He called Him the God Most High. David believed that God was able to carry out His plans so he trusted Him. God also has a purpose for each of our lives and He is big enough to carry out His plans. So, when we need His help, like David, let’s cry out to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for us just as He did for David.