2 Corinthians 6:1-2
“In the time of favor I heard you and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
God hears ALL…
Every thought, every word, every moan, groan, every utterance, every mumble, grumble, every breath, every gargle, everything.
He hears the songs of our hearts.
He hears the sins of our minds.
He hears the half-thoughts and the words we almost say yet choke down in obedience.
As I dance in this truth, how can I possibly continue to question if He hears my cries?
While I wail and mourn, “How long O Lord? How long?” I can rest assured in the wisdom that He not only hears these requests, He hears ALL of me, every part, every need He is listening attentively.
And although He hears, that does not mean He is obligated to answer. As God of the Universe, our Father has the right to stay SILENT.
I may want an answer.
I may expect an action.
I may complain when nothing seems to change despite the diligent prayers of many on my behalf.
Still, guess what?
God does not owe me anything. I am certainly not entitled to an answer, an action, a miracle…. How unworthy am I of even having The Lord Almighty listen to my thoughts?! Who am I that You are mindful of me, that You hear me when I call?!
Yet, He does listen. He does consider. He does sacrifice. He does love. And undoubtedly, He does move.
Not only does He move on my behalf, He moves in such a way that His actions bring forth whatever is best for me—His beloved, His daughter.
“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.”
Just as a shepherd takes care of every need for his sheep, our Great Shepherd will not leave us in need. How could I possibly long for anything, or be in want of anything, when I know that The Lord is MY Shepherd. No good thing does He withhold from us who love & praise His Holy name.
When I reflect upon my life, I can instantly create a gigantic lists of things I selfishly feel I need, which I think I am somehow deserving of or entitled to.
But, as I remember the beautiful words of the Psalmist, “I shall not want,” or in other translations “I LACK NOTHING,” my heart & soul are greatly convicted & humbled.
Woah… I lack nothing.
That’s gotta be figuratively speaking…
I lack NOTHING?
Not even just a little?
Nothing at all?!
But, God, what about my health?
“My daughter, you lack nothing.”
What about my struggles to eat, to fuel my body & digest? I don’t know if you realize this, Lord, but eating is a basic necessity for living!
“I know, Child, and you lack nothing.”
C’mon, Father, you know how much of my physical anatomy has been removed and I actually needed those organs to live and thrive and function properly.
“Mal, you lack nothing.”
I’m just so weak, so fatigued. I don’t have any source of energy, stamina, or strength to carry on…
“You lack nothing, beloved.”
But…but…my life is not what it should be… it’s not what I want… I desperately need some dramatic changes to happen…
“Listen to me, trust me when I say you lack nothing.”
My God has left my speechless.
He is my shepherd and because He provides for me, I shall not want for anything. There is nothing at all that I lack. I lack nothing. Under His wings, wrapped up in His unending grace, I truly and honestly have all I need.
Will I trust His words?
Will I live each day with a grateful heart, knowing He provides for my every need?
Will I put my entire confidence in this truth?
He hears ALL. He sees ALL. He gives ALL. He is ALL.