“May your eyes be open to your servant’s plea and to the plea of your people Israel, and may you listen to them whenever they cry out to you.”1 Kings 8:52 NIV
Have you cried out to God recently?
I have! And I always wonder what He must be thinking. Does He get weary of hearing my voice? Does He wish I would just trust Him more? Does He really love me as much as He says He does?
King Solomon was having the Ark of the Covenant brought to the temple that he built for God. The above verse is in the prayer He prayed. The Israelites don’t have a great track record of trust in God and following Him. Wandering through the desert was an up and down time of grumbling and anger and giving up on God and God calling them back.
There is a difference between the grumbling about God that the Israelites did (and I do at times) and the authentic crying out to God that King Solomon is doing.
God does not tire of hearing our voice. He knows the hurt and pain that life brings because He lived it. He is with us in our hurt. He delights in being present in our lives. Crying out to God represents our faith that He hears and He cares.
Dear God, you see the pain and hurt. Even when we don’t have the words you are present. May we turn towards you in our pain and not away. May we honestly share the intimate details of our lives and not try to hide. May we sense your nearness and rest in your love. Amen.