O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you (Is. 30:19 NAS).
In today’s noisy world, often it’s hard to hear the person sitting next to us. It’s all too easy to think God couldn’t possibly hear us whether we are wailing or whimpering. He does hear us. More important, he answers us.
Crying to God is often viewed as a depressing thing. We cry when we are sad, hurt, or in pain. Too often, though, I hear “Give thanks all the time, even when you want to cry.” Yes, it’s true we’re told to thank God in all of our circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:18). Some days though, I can only give my thanks through tears.
That’s what makes this verse uplifting. Because God tells us he hears and he answers our cries. No conditions. No steps one, two, or three. Just cry to him and he will hear … he will answer.
Many of us wet a pillow or handkerchief with tears of sadness, confusion, and grief because a loved one suffers with a serious mental illness. Right now, we want an answer to “Why?” Right now, we want the answer to “How can this brain disorder be healed?” We may never get those answers until we enter eternity.
Today that answer comes knowing when I cry because my loved one is suffering in his mental illness, God hears. He is not deaf to my weeping and wailing. Today that answer comes knowing when I cry because my loved one is suffering in his mental illness, God hears. He is not deaf to my weeping and wailing. We can rest in the assurance, God will answer.
Do you cry today for a loved one? Do you feel your weeping is lost in the world’s noise? Go ahead, cry some more. God does hear you.
Thank you, Lord, for turning your ear to us, hearing us, and answering us.