This world can be a painful place. Cancer is ravaging are loved ones. Alzheimer’s attacks without mercy. Heroin torments and often kills. And children are suffering from hunger, neglect, and all sorts of horrific abuse.
Somewhere in all of this, there is screaming.
Can you hear it? If you quiet yourself, you can. Those suffering are screaming from the pit of their souls, crying out for help. Just a touch or a word. Something to give them hope that it will get better, that there is more to life than pain.
That’s where God comes in. Only sometimes He chooses to use your hands to touch them, your mouth to encourage them, your time to spend with them, and your money to provide for them.
Are you letting Him? Or are you keeping your mouth shut when you should speak up? Are you keeping your hands, and the rest of you, so busy that God can’t possible use them or you? Or maybe you’re keeping your hands wrapped so tightly around your money that He can’t use that either.
“It’s mine,” you say as you dig your nails in deeper, forgetting that God is the One who blessed you with it. “And I don’t have any time. I’m too busy.”
So while you’re busy keeping quiet, busy holding on to your checkbook, someone else is screaming in God’s ear.
What does God see in all of this? Everything of course. He sees His children, one hurting and crying out for help while the other with a heart too hard, too stubborn and self-absorbed to help.
Which child are you?
There is so much screaming in the world today.
Are you one of them?
My dear friends, let me pray for you now:
Heavenly Father, You see those reading this, right now, right where they are. Father God, You are an amazing Father, so loving and so faithful. I pray You reach them in whatever way You choose. I pray You call upon those You want to use to bless them in their need, and I pray You help them to hear You and be obedient. Lord, I pray You ease their suffering and You comfort them while they are alone, while they are in a crowd trying to put on a good face. I pray You come along side of them, making Yourself so very real to them that they can’t help but know You even more through this pain. Lord, I don’t know their needs. But You, Almighty God, You know everything and NOTHING is too hard for YOU. So I pray, Lord, for Your mighty hand to touch, to heal, to comfort, and to hold them. And Lord, I pray You teach them through it all to call upon You. That YOU are not ignoring their pain, that You see them when they cry, and that You are the One who can dry each tear they try to keep silent. With you, Father, we are safe and loved and protected. Please Lord, touch them now. It’s in the precious, holy, and powerful name of your Son, Jesus Christ I pray these things. Amen.
Perhaps your voice is not one screaming.
Surely you can hear those who are. And surely you can help by allowing God to use your arms to hug someone discouraged, to speak encouragement and hope to someone struggling, to provide financially for a need, or to pray for someone suffering a physical devastation, linking them to the One who can comfort and heal.
Will you let God use you today?
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16 ESV.)