Can’t Hear God?

After 9/11

For those of us who were alive and old enough to understand what happened, the terrorist attacks on our country perpetrated on September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten. And as bad as that time in our country was, one moment really stood out and inspired me during that time.

It was the day President George W. Bush visited New York City to view the damage and encourage the workers who were still cleaning up rubble and looking for survivors. He stood on a makeshift platform with megaphone in hand and began speaking to the crowd of tired workers.  Then someone in the crowd interrupted his speech by hollering out, “We can’t hear you!” To which he immediately responded- off the cuff- “That’s okay… You may not be able to hear me, but I can hear you. The whole world can hear you. And soon the people who did this are going to hear all of us!”

It was an inspiring, soul-lifting, patriotic moment. And the crowd cheered. We all cheered.

To Be Heard

We all cheered that day because it’s great to know that you’ve been heard. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel like you can’t hear God. And it’s even easier to feel like- if you can’t hear Him- maybe He can’t hear you.

But like President Bush said to that tired worker, feeling unheard that day because he couldn’t hear the President speak, God says to us, “I can hear you!”

Scripture time and again tells us that God is the God who listens and hears. He turns His ear toward us, even bending low to hear every word we utter.

There is not a prayer you’ve prayed which hasn’t been heard. God is listening intently. And even though you may feel like He hasn’t heard you, He definitely has. And He is working on your behalf to make sure that your request is answered in the right way… at the right time… for your benefit.

God hears you. Don’t give up.


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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