Recently I have been working hard to do my devotions every day. It is something I have always struggled with despite the good example I saw at home. I knew that being in God’s word is necessary for a christian’s relationship with Him but was never very consistent. I think I fell into the pattern that most people do. We pray when we need something, we read when we want inspiration or an answer. But a relationship and good communication require listening and speaking with someone on a regular basis. How awful would my relationship with my husband be if I only talked at him and never listened. Or vice versa if he listened to me but never responded. Two way communication is required for any relationship to grow. God wants to speak to us through His word and desires to hear our prayers. He is always available but too often we forget that He is there.
Reading Psalm 107 today reminded me of the fact that we are never too far from God. There is never a place where He can’t reach us. No sin is too great that He can’t pull us out of it. That doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer the consequences of our actions but He is always there to help us.
Psalm 107: 17-21 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.
The people of Israel wandered away and rebelled against God many times over the course of history. But they were never too far from God. Just in this passage it says four times “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He brought them out of their distress.” (vs. 6, 13, 19, 28)
If you find yourself in trouble know that you are never too far from God. Cry out to Him and he will hear you.
Psalm 107:43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.