“Can anyone hear me? Is anyone listening?” is a cry that is poured out millions of times, in many places, every day on this planet. At the bedside of a loved one in a hospital, in a lonely apartment, and in countless other circumstances and venues, people long for someone, somewhere to hear his or her cry for help. 

The world’s systems and cultures can be harsh and deaf to the voices of people desperately seeking hope and answers to their unheard needs. The result is a seemingly endless line of people left feeling hopeless, forgotten, and alone.

Yet, there is One who, if called upon, will listen—and answer, if only we choose to move in faith beyond the realm of the futile thinking of this world. God is waiting for you and me, ready to listen to us, wherever we are. God not only hears but also listens with unfailing, incomprehensible love for each of us!

Take a few moments and let these words sink in:

“Listen now! The Lord isn’t too weak to save you. And he isn’t getting deaf! He can hear you when you call!”

Isaiah 59:1

“In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Psalm 18:6

“The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.”

Psalm 69:33

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”

Psalm 34:17

“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayers”

1 Peter 3:12

God is the supreme, loving Listener who hears the cries of our hearts. God, however, is not in the business of merely doling out stuff to satisfy the whims of our hearts. Instead, God wants our hearts so that we experience the never-ending satisfaction of His presence. God hears us but requires that we also give Him full reign of our life and circumstances. That’s what the essence of the word “righteous” means—we stop trying to do life on our own, and let God’s perfect righteousness, in the person of Jesus Christ, recreate us and fill our being. 

There is a well-known story in the Bible about two blind men who followed after Jesus as he walked along, calling out to him, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” I can only imagine the years of darkness and futile searching for answers that these men endured—only to come up empty. All their human efforts and hopes amounted to nothing, and finally, they came to the pivotal moment when they realized Jesus was their only hope. So they followed and cried out to Him. It was when they followed Jesus indoors that they discovered Jesus had HEARD their cries! Then He asked them a monumentally important question: 

“Do you believe I am able to do this?”

It is the fundamental question of faith that each of us when we cry out to the Supreme, loving Listener of our cries for help, must answer:

“Do you believe I am able to do this?”

The two blind men answered, “Yes we do.” Jesus heard their answer, permitting Him to do a new work in them, both physically and spiritually. Then something beautiful happened: Jesus touched their eyes and spoke these words: 

“Because of your faith it will happen.” And suddenly they could see! 

God is able and in fact, desires to answer your requests above and beyond your current vision of life. He hears the deepest cry of your heart and wants to open the eyes of your heart to Him and the infinite, glorious future He has in store for you. He is the God who hears you and can answer with unfailing love. I pray you understand and know this more and more, and then respond with faith when God asks you,

“Do you believe I am able to do this?”

God bless you!

Chris Atkins