Apr 14

He heard me: The Benefit of Patiently Waiting

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Psalm 40:1 (NASB95) David said: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

Some things only come after waiting.

Do any of you remember the days when you had to carry your water into the house and heat it to do your laundry?

Those who remember those days, probably remember that doing the laundry was an all day job.

Do you remember needing to get in touch with someone in another state?

You sent them a letter and weeks later you got a response.

Now you can chat with someone on the other side of the world on your phone or computer.

Our generation has lost the discipline of patiently waiting.

Most waiting now is something that we are forced to do.

David said: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

Jonah knew something about waiting on the Lord.

Jonah 2:1-2 (NASB95) Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord, and He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.”

Have you ever considered how long those three days must have been?

There are some things that we don’t tolerate for long.

Jonah considered himself as good as dead in the depths of Sheol.

I don’t know how patient Jonah was inside that fish.

I can only imagine how desperate he was.

In his distress, he called out to the Lord.

When you are in distress, how long does it take before you call out to God?

Jonah said the Lord answered me when I cried for help from the depth of Sheol.

He said, “You heard my voice.”

Jonah was a low as he could get.

From His throne, Almighty God heard his prayer.

We pray to the living God who hears us in our distresses.

“He heard me.”

Think about this.

David said: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

It helps us in the waiting to know that God is listening.

Almighty God is listening to your cry.

John said, “If we know that He hears us, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:15)

David said: He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:2-3 AMP)

Jonah was in a similar situation.

Jonah was inside the fish at the bottom of the sea.

The currents of the deep swirled about him.

He felt like he was in the depths of the grave.

He was down in the depths of despair.

All he could see was his distresses.

Jonah 2:2 (NIV) He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.”

This was crucial for Jonah.

He felt that he was in the depths of the grave.

He said: “God heard me when I called for help.”

He needed help from the living God that was able to hear and answer prayer.

This is good news for all of us.

In your deepest moments of distress, Almighty God hears and answers prayer.

Jonah found out that when you are in distress and you are waiting on God, He answers just on time.

Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting in his usual spot by the side of the road begging. (Mark 10:46)

Have you ever waited so long that you felt like your identity changed?

He was not just the son of Timaeus.

He was blind Bartimaeus sitting by the road.

You started out just waiting.

Then you were desperately waiting.

Then you identified with your troubles.

He was told that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

Faith and desperation gripped him.

He knew that he needed help.

The old things were not working.

He was tired of being the blind man by the road.

He was blind, and he was desperate.

No one had a solution for his problem.

Then he had heard what Jesus had done.

He believed that Jesus could do the same for him.

When you get to the place of desperation, you have to call out to God.

So, Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus heard him when he cried out.

Jesus said: “What do you want me to do for you?”

Do you know what you want from God?

Blind Bartimaeus said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

Jesus said: “Go, your faith has healed you.”

While you are patiently waiting, you need to call out to God in your desperation.

Do you have faith to call out to God for help?

David said: “He heard me and lifted me out of the pit.”

Jonah said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.”

You may not feel like He hears you, but God is listening to your cry.

Daniel was terrified by a vision that he was given.

He had been fasting and praying for three weeks and it appeared that God had not been listening.

Daniel was just getting discouraging reports.

The spiritual condition of those in exile was deteriorating.

Daniel felt like he was getting nowhere with his prayer.

After he fasted and prayed for three weeks, and it seemed like nothing was happening.

Have you ever been there?

You were desperate before God for answers.

You knew that God was the only One who could help.

That was when the answer came.

Daniel 10:5-6 NLT I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.

Daniel said he was the only one who saw the man.

Those who were with him were filled with great terror but they saw nothing.

When the man appeared, Daniel lost all of his strength and was not able to stand.

Suddenly, the man touched him and told him to stand upright.

Daniel stood up trembling.

Daniel 10:12 NLT Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.

You need to know that God heard you when you first prayed!

You may not see anything for a while.

You may not feel anything.

You may wonder what is going to happen.

You may begin to question, and fear may grab your soul.

You may be filled with dread and discouragement because nothing is changing.

The Angel told Daniel: “From the first day that you humbled yourself before God, your request was heard in heaven.”

God has heard you!

Don’t be afraid to call out to God in your desperation and discouragement.

It may not feel like God is hearing.

It may not look like God is paying attention.

It may even look like things are getting much worse.

That is the way it must have been when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.

The three Hebrew children must have felt that when they were thrown into the fiery furnace.

Then God showed up in their desperation.

Listen to these people in the Bible.

There is this one constant message.

God is listening.

He is watching over you.

He hears you when you pray.

God is listening right now.

You may have to wait for the answer.

You may have to keep on praying without seeing anything happen.

You may feel like fainting in your desperation.

Keep holding on, God has heard you.

If you knew that the living God was listening and the answer was on the way, what would you do?

If you knew He was doing something in response to your prayers, would it help you in your distress?

God gave Jeremiah a word that will help you.

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

What has brought you to this moment of distress?

Has a persistent condition in your body brought you to a place where it is challenging your identity?

You are looking at yourself as the person in distress.

You are the blind man sitting by the road.

Have you sunk low in your time of trouble and you cannot seem to find a way out?

Have you been earnestly praying, but nothing seems to be happening?

God said, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

God is telling you that He has all of the answers.

He is the mighty God.

He is the Savior, Healer, and Deliverer.

Keep holding on in prayer.

Your answer is coming.

He said: “Call to Me, and I will answer you.”

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