I want to share a word from Bro. Bob. Who is he? We met not long after he and his bride began their ministry journey. Bob came to serve the church where my dad was senior pastor. Bob was a seminary student and I was about to graduate high school. So all that was a year or two ago! There’s more to this story, but I’ll save it for another time. 🙂
Devotions From Bro. Bob come across my Facebook page regularly. They are public, but hitting the Share button wouldn’t let me make a connection. The devotion was posted yesterday. And my first thought after reading it was: This is a great follow-up to Prayer: Facing The Fear. That’s the connection. So to that end, enjoy the thoughts by Bro. Bob. And if you didn’t see the Prayer post, you might want to take a look at it.
Soli Deo Gloria!
A Devotion From Bro. Bob
A 100% Assumption…He Knows (edited)
Dear Family of God,
When I was a very little boy back in Arkansas, I often had earaches. I remember them even now. I thank the Lord that I eventually grew out of them. But in my younger days, my ears would often ache in the middle of the night. It seemed to coincide with playing outside most of the day.
I well remember lying in my bed wanting to tell Mom that I needed her. But I didn’t want to disturb her and Dad. Their room was just around the corner from mine. When it seemed I could stand it no longer I would simply and quietly call out to Mom or Dad:
My ear hurts
Shortly I would feel Mom’s nearness. She would bring a big fluffy towel which she had warmed on our big, living room heater. She would take the towel and lay it on my ear until I would go back to sleep. Oh, how I needed her to know I was in pain. And when I finally cried out, she was there.
The difference between my Mom and our Heavenly Father is He already knows my:
- Heart from the inside out
And because He knows all my sorrows, He is already there with me. If I hurt and walk the floor at night in distress or pain, He is with me. If I am concerned and need His presence, He is already with me. Do I need to call out to Him? Yes I do. I need to recognize and realize in my heart: He is my only source of true help…even in the darkest night. His Word tells us:
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
This portion of God’s word is teaching me one tremendous fact about our Father God: He does know all about me. Read and study His Word. Then read see the beautiful words found in this song by Jeremy Camp from his I Will Follow album.
He Knows from I Will Follow
All the bitter weary ways, Endless striving day by day. You barely have the strength to pray in the valley low. And how hard your fight has been, How deep the pain within,
Wounds that no one else has seen, Hurts too much to show, All the doubt you’re standing in between,
And all the weight that brings you to your knees, We may faint and we may sink
Feel the pain and near the brink. But the dark begins to shrink
When you find the one who knows, The chains of doubt that held you in between
One by one are starting to break free, Every time that you feel forsaken
Every time that you feel alone, He is near to the brokenhearted
Every tear He knows, He knows.
Every hurt and every sting, He has walked the suffering. He knows, He knows.
Let your burdens come undone, Lift your eyes up to the one Who knows.
He knows, He knows, He knows.
The first step we must take in our walk with our Heavenly Father, is to know HE knows. Then simply and earnestly cry out to the One who knows all about you!
In Jesus’ Care, Always,