Too often people believe that God is distant and does not want to communicate with them. They believe that their situation is “different” or “challenging” and that their life situation is so bad they wonder why God would want to talk to them or listen to their situation. Some even question if God has the time to worry about their situation!
While reading the book of Jeremiah I was reminded that God is listening to us intently – desiring to pull people out of their troubled situations into greatness. If we are in the middle of sin, he’s calling us “again and again” to repent and turn towards Him. In the beginning of the book of Jeremiah it states that the tribe of Judah was doing some rotten things against God (read the first 7 chapters of Jeremiah to find out why God isn’t happy with them). It would be difficult to make your life more of a mess than what the people of Judah had done. Yet God makes this statement to Jeremiah about Judah:
“While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.” Jeremiah 7:13
Sometimes when things are not headed in the right direction and we are crying out to God and wondering why we think he isn’t listening, he actually is…. Later God explains to Jeremiah:
“I have listened attentively but they do not say what is right. None of them repent for their wickedness saying ‘What have I done'” Jeremiah 8:6
When you are in the middle of a season where you cry out to God and ask Him to intervene or cry out and wonder if He is listening, these verses serve as a reminder that He is calling us again and again and He is listening attentively no matter the situation we are in. Even if we are have forsaken Him. God is not too busy to communicate to you. You haven’t messed up so badly that He wants to ignore you. He loves you and wants to speak to you again and again and He is still listening to you attentively.