Hear For You

The other day I made a type in a Facebook comment, using ‘hear’ for ‘here’. A friend commented; “did you hear that Greg?” It is a common typo spell checkers don’t always flag for our attention.

We often say to friends and neighbours in crisis ‘if you need anything, I am here for you.’ We say it because we don’t know what else to say, and we suspect words may not be helpful in a time of grief or crisis. I am here for you. People will say later on that the significance was not due to your actions as much as your presence. The practice of just being with someone in their time of need, sitting, listening –hear for you. Someone may not even need to talk, but to know that you are there is a great comfort and security to them –here for you.

Jesus said; “those who come to me I will not cast out.” (John 6:37)

Jesus is here for us.

John wrote: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1John 5:14)

Jesus is hear for us.

Know that God is listening for you and to you. God created us to be in relationship with Him, and will not force us into relationship, but waits. Granted there is a limit to that waiting, for at some point we will die and face judgement, or the end of time will come and all will stand before the throne of God.

God calls us too, to listen. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). We can extend our presence to God –here for you. This includes our actions, our ministry on behalf of God’s Kingdom, and to a deeper relationship –hear for you. To wait on God means to be here for God, to be present with God and allow God to be present with us. “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). This is an invitation to enter into ‘here for you’. It is an invitation for our commitment to be ‘hear for you.” To quiet our hearts before God is not an abandonment of who we are, it is not an emptying of our self. It is a focus and release of ourselves to God. God created us for relationship and desire relationship with us. The best image of a child that is weaned resting on it’s mother’s breast. (Psalm 131:2). Gone is the search and striving for nourishment and comfort, there is a peace on contentment in presence. A peaceful and secure ‘here for you’, ‘here with you’.

Commit your way to the LORD the Bible prompts us in Psalm 37:5. Enter into the presence of God through the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the person of Jesus. Present yourself to God “I am here for you.”, and commit your life to God “I am hear for you.” As we listen, God will speak. Sometimes it is a long road to get to the place where we can hear and absorb. Mother Teresa had long stretches of time in her life where God seemed silent and far away, but she retained her commitment and pressed in close, waiting for the time when she would again know the intimate presence of God. As she waited she served. Here for you. Sometimes that hearing from God seems spontaneous, God breaks into our lives when we are motoring along and perhaps not in a listening mode –although committed to being ‘hear for you’. Moses seeking a lost sheep stumbles across the burning bush. Just living his life out and God comes –here with you, this is Holy ground. I have heard the cries of my people –hear for you.

Our faith is a response to God. Jesus came to earth as a human to ‘here for you’, Jesus hung on the cross ‘here for you.’ This one is not merely God in our presence, but God being our presence, our substitute on the cross. Here for you. Even while hanging on the cross Jesus responded to the request of the thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Hear for you.

May you today, discover God ‘here for you’ as you present yourself to God ‘here for you’. May you know the voice of God as you listen ‘hear for you’. May you enter into the presence of God with your hope and pain, successes and failures, convictions and uncertainties –to present these to God and wait, ‘hear for you’.

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