Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away from among you the yoke, the putting out of the finger, and speaking wickedly; and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then your light shall rise in darkness, and your obscurity be as the noonday.“
Do you ever feel like God seems to not hear you? That your prayers are going up to the ceiling and then falling flat? Today’s verse shows one way to hear God’s answers to your prayers.
God calls us to take away the “yoke” from among us. Sometimes we place heavy burdens on people just to be mean to them. For example, we can imply that a person’s work is subpar or word is not trustworthy. We put out the finger and speak wickedly when we gossip about a person’s misfortune or complain about a person’s faults behind that person’s back. When we do these things, we have the spirit of criticism which is from our spiritual enemy. How can God give you a clear answer and be with you when you invite spiritual enemy with your actions?
There is a remedy. God calls us to sympathize and draw out our souls to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul. Instead of criticizing someone who is confused, we should help them understand. Instead of gossiping about a person’s misfortune, we should show empathy towards them and encourage them. When we show love to others, we are inviting God’s spirit to be with us. Then when we call on God, He will answer. When we cry out to Him, He will say, “Here am I.”
Do you want God to be with you today? Reach out to those in need around you.
Pray: God, please help me to have Your spirit. Help me not to criticize, but build up. Help me not to gossip, but encourage. Give me sympathy and love for those in need around me. Be with me today, God. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.