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Calling Out to God

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January 19, 2024 7:00 pm

Calling Out to God

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January 19, 2024 7:00 pm

In his book Adopted for Life, Dr. Russell Moore describes his family’s trip to an orphanage to adopt a child. As they entered the nursery, the silence was startling. The babies in the cribs never cried, and it wasn’t because they never needed anything but because they had learned that no one cared enough to answer.

My heart ached as I read those words. I remember countless nights when our children were small. My wife and I would be sound asleep only to be startled awake by their cries: Daddy, I’m sick! or Mommy, I’m scared! One of us would spring into action and make our way to their bedroom to do our best to comfort and care for them. Our love for our children gave them reason to call for our help.

An overwhelming number of the psalms are cries, or laments to God. Israel brought their laments to Him on the basis of His personal relationship with them. These were a people God had called His “firstborn,” and they were asking their Father to act accordingly. Such honest trust is seen in Psalm 25: “Turn to me and be gracious . . . free me from my anguish” (vv. 16–17). Children who are confident of the love of a caregiver do cry. As believers in Jesus—children of God—He has given us reason to call on Him. He hears and cares because of His great love.

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Hey there, and welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Our reading titled Calling Out to God was written by John Blaise. In his book Adopted for Life, Dr. Russell Moore describes his family's trip to an orphanage to adopt a child. As they entered the nursery, the silence was startling. The babies in the cribs never cried, and it wasn't because they never needed anything, but because they'd learned that no one cared enough to answer.

My heart ached as I read those words. I remember countless nights when our children were small. My wife and I would be sound asleep, only to be startled awake by their cries. Daddy, I'm sick, or Mommy, I'm scared.

One of us would spring into action and make our way to their bedroom to do our best to comfort and care for them. Our love for our children gave them reason to call for our help. An overwhelming number of psalms are cries or laments to God. Israel brought their laments to him on the basis of his personal relationship with them.

These were a people God had called his firstborn, and they were asking their father to act accordingly. Such honest trust is seen in Psalm 25. Turn to me and be gracious to me. Free me from my anguish.

Children who are confident of the love of a caregiver do cry. As believers in Jesus, children of God, he's given us reason to call on him. He hears and cares because of his great love.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Psalm 25 verses 16 through 22. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.

See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me. Guard my life and rescue me. Do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles. Let's pray. Heavenly Father, thank you so much for hearing us in our pain and our sorrows. Thank you for being a loving father that we can cry out to and take refuge in you. Help us to trust you and rest in your love. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. I'm Stephen Taver and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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