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For Crying Out Loud!

Weekly Devotionals

For Crying Out Loud!

On April 22, 2020 at 5:50pm, an all-familiar sound filled the room I was in as my daughter, Jubilee Grace Hope, used the fully-functional lungs that God had given her to cry out. Her tones resembled those of one who was experiencing some big life changes. She was cold. She was hungry. She was adjusting to the increased intensity of light. And all for the first time.

From that first cry until this moment, I can not imagine a time when that sweet baby was wailing away for my wife Alana and I would just sit there to let her figure life out on her own. Of course not! We love, care for, and hold a dear responsibility to answer that cry with a response that will best meet her needs.

It reminds me of when Jesus asked in Luke 11 these two rhetorical questions: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Any good parent is going to give what is needed for their child for good and not for disaster, right?

However, as we grow older, it seems that our cries decrease because we have discovered how to fend for ourselves in many ways. We master methods (or so we think) to achieve the results we want in our own timing. The truth of these developed techniques is that they are actually just tricks we play on ourselves. This is because, sometimes, life can really leave us empty-handed and reeling, especially in desperate moments.

And just like a helpless child, we are naturally forced to cry out to God. It may feel undignified, but the Lord welcomes humility after all. But unlike the cries of a newborn baby, we are not always answered as quickly or as specifically as we want.

Such agonizing delays were encountered by many in Scripture—by Job, for example: “I cry out to You, but You do not answer me”; by David: “O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear”; and by Habakkuk: “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear?

Praise God, for all their cries, in time, were answered—and the same will be true for us! If there is something you need to or have been crying out to God for, keep crying, friend! He hears you, and as the loving Father He is, He will absolutely respond and meet your need. Just be ready to receive it!