Is God Even Listening?
That is question that can come up when we are dealing with difficult health issues. I have been plagued with health issues my entire life and then got the diagnosis over twenty years ago that I have autoimmune disorders. I have said many prayers over the years and I have wondered if God was listening to them. I know in my head that he is, but sometimes he can seem far away.
Is God Going to Meet My Needs?
The answer is yes. When I look back over the years I can see where my needs were met. The bad thing is that when the need is met, I have unfortunately forgot when I asked for the help. The answer isn’t always immediately following a request. Sometimes it can take days, weeks or even years.
The answer may not always be what we are expecting. Sometimes it comes as a surprise. It may even come as a, “no.”
Keeping a journal of prayer requests and God’s answers are the best way to keep track of the answers and blessing that come our way.
Does God Care?
Yes he does! That is what is so awesome about God. You are important to him, so what is important to you is important to him. That is why we need to bring our concerns, hopes and dreams to him. He is never too busy to be bothered. He wants to hear from us, and he doesn’t want us to wait until it is a time of crisis. He wants to share in our good times and the bad.
Every time something good happens to me and I know that God was answering a prayer, I automatically start singing the hymn, “In My Heart there Rings a Melody” or “Nothing is Impossible.”
I want to encourage you to look to the scriptures to remind you of God’s goodness and that he is there always caring for you.
7 Verses for When You are Doubting the Goodness of God
Mark 11:23-24 (CEB)
23 I assure you that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea’—and doesn’t waver but believes that what is said will really happen—it will happen.24 Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you will receive it, and it will be so for you.
Luke 12:29-31 (CEB)
29 Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. 30 All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them.31 Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.
Romans 4:20-21 (CEB)
20 He didn’t hesitate with a lack of faith in God’s promise, but he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised.
2 Peter 3:9 (CEB)
9 The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives.
Psalm 18:30 (NIV)
30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
Romans 10:17 (NIV)
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Here is a song I wrote about the beautiful promises that are given to us to always remind us of how close God is and that he is always listening to our prayers and petitions.