I sat before the Lord a few days ago and asked for evidence. I prayed, as I have many times before, for a drop down menu of concrete choices and acceptable options. You can imagine how successful that was.
I can always picture God smiling down on me in these moments, shaking His head with an amused roll of His eyes. I can almost feel Him squeeze my shoulder and press a kiss to the top of my head. “My precious girl,” He says. “You know that’s not how it works.”
“I know, I know,” I sigh. “But, just this once couldn’t You lay it out straight. Just tell me what to do.”
As I squeezed my eyes tight, underwhelmed by my own train of thought, the Holy Spirit etched these words on my heart: He inclines His ear.
That heart whisper met head knowledge and sent me straight to God’s word (or to a google search on my iPhone as the case may be). The verse that met me was the evidence I sought.
“I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because He inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2 ESV
Do you ever wonder if God hears? It can feel like we’re praying into empty air, like the cries of our heart simply disappear into the void without so much as confirmation of delivery. We believe, we rally our faith, but oh how we wish we knew for certain that our plea was received.
God not only hears, but He bends down to listen.
If I could wrap my mind around that, I could solve the worlds greatest wonders, but then God wouldn’t be quite as wondrous to me. Because the One who keeps the world on its axis, who tends to the greatest universal needs, stops all that demands His attention and inclines His ear to me.
Every voice gets God’s attention, but He always listens to yours. (←Tweet that.)
And this isn’t the way we listen when our child interrupts us making dinner, or our husband calls from the top of the stairs for the socks he can’t find. This is a halting of God’s infinite work, a fixing of His eyes on ours, an attentive focus on the cry of our heart as if it is the only one He has to hear.
God leans in to listen to every single syllable you breathe.
Because He knows your voice,
And delights in the desire of your heart,
He doesn’t want to miss a thing you say.
The quiet seasons can be the most trying of our faith. We want the certainty of God’s presence. We want action and direction—we want evidence. God wants us to believe. To know that because of His very nature, His faithful character, and His incomparable love for us, He is always listening—and then moving, and then directing all things together for a good outside the realm of what we can identify in tangible form.
We don’t have to see or feel for God to hear.
I didn’t get my drop down menu. But between you and me, I never do. My prayer wasn’t answered in the way I requested, but I left my time with the Lord with so much more than I had asked—deeper faith and even greater wonder for the One who loves me.
God inclines His ear to us. He draws near to listen. So we can keep on praying, lifting our every plea, and resting certain that even the unspoken longing of our heart has been delivered direct to the Source. Our answer may not be swift, but our words have been heard. And that’s really all the evidence we need. ♥
You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots: Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory), Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).