When my daughter was born, my wife and I bought one of those heavy duty high tech baby monitors that had both video and sound. It even had night vision for when she slept and the lights were off. As such, we made it a point that she learned to be okay sleeping in her crib alone. We did not want to be one of those parents with their child sleeping in the room. That way, we would get more sleep! However, this proved kind of difficult for than we had thought. Even though it was natural for her to whimper and make noises, we couldn’t stop reacting to the smallest of sounds. We found ourselves completely glued to the monitor. I can say with complete certainty that we barely slept those first few months. As long as we could, we just stayed awake, and watch her, waiting for her to call for us.
This reminds me a lot about how God cares for us as His children. God has intentionally remained unseen and yet is listening for our cry. Like my wife and I with the baby monitor, He is always watching and waiting for the smallest of cries from us. In Psalm 34 we read that “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry...When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalms 34:15, 17). As a loving father, God delivers us from our troubles in the time of need. Psalm 34 lets me know three things. First, it reminds me that in life, we are going to have trouble (See also John 16:33). Second, our troubles will be multiple. This wasn't the first time that David would encounter problems with his enemies and whatever troubles you face isn’t the first and won’t be the last. Third, through it all however, we serve a God who can rescue us. Like parents coming to the rescue of their baby, God is able to show up at a moment’s notice to care for us. This is awesome news for the believer. We have an assurance from God Almighty that He will protect us.
It's odd. While writing this, I couldn’t help but to think, but why does God allow trouble in the first place? Wouldn't it have been better to not have gone through the trouble at all? But then I'm reminded of verse 8 of the same chapter. "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Verse 8 helps us to understand God’s purpose for allowing trouble and how His care for us is made clearer as He brings us through difficulty. It is only by experiencing trouble that God works in us the ability to taste and see that He is good. When we read scripture we taste the milk and meat of the word and experience God’s real delivering power, we see just how good God really is. Praise our God!!
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P.S. In light of Psalm 34, I am well aware that some may not have yet experienced or are aware of God’s real delivering power and care. As such, we would love to pray with you and trust with you as we seek first God’s kingdom and surrender to God who is ever present to love us all. God bless you.