[CF Devotionals] 2012-01-26 - Distraction

Have you ever been so upset about something that it consumes your focus? If you have ever encountered something in the sphere your life or those close to you grips your heart and mind and quite literally steals the hours and minutes of the day you will understand where David is. He has been betrayed by a close friend.

Psalm 55:1-2 LISTEN TO my prayer, O God, and hide not Yourself from my supplication!

David has gone to the right place - in prayer at the feet of God. We are told that David was a man after God's own heart. He was as mortal and fallible as you or I. Remember Mary who Jesus said had chosen the better part sitting at Jesus' feet. David asks very directly that God listen to his supplication - an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.

2 Attend to me and answer me; I am restless and distraught in my complaint and must moan  (AMP)

David has reason to be distraught and angry, but also assured (please read the chapter) in his trust in God. God tells us that he wants to hear our problems and our joys. If a sparrow doesn't fall to the ground without the Lord knowing it, our well-being is His concern as well. We are told here that David moans. Paul tells is the Holy Spirit will intercede with groanings which can not be uttered. (Rom 8:26) when we can not find the words, when we are too upset to speak.

David begs for an answer. Did you know that God is that approachable? If you are struggling He wants us to come to Him when we are in danger or upset He will listen. He knows the numbers of the hairs on our heads. Of all the matters in our lives this is fairly trivial compared to health, well-being or salvation where our families and friends are concerned. If the Creator of the Universe is concerned with this, how much more does he want to hear from us when we hurt physically or emotionally. Jesus came to live the life we live and know our struggles. He really does understand.

In the famous poem, Footsteps, we are told that in our times deepest trouble Jesus does not walk beside us. He carries us. The greek term for the Holy Spirit is literally translated, "one who comes along side to help". The Father sent His Son to save us when we had turned our backs on Him. That is how ready God is to hear from us. Tell Him your troubles and know that He hears you. Prayer - spending time talking with God is something He desires deeply.


Lord - Teach us that You are always ready to hear your sons and daughters no matter what the circumstance.

Grace & Peace,