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68. God is here



“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” Ezekiel, chapter 18, verse 31
Let’s ask Jesus to clean our heart and free it from all the little undesirable teachings we collect. May Jesus become the only Master of our heart, our thoughts and of our life.

“You, Lord, give light to my lamp; my God brightens the darkness about me.” Psalm 18, verse 29

Yes:
“Lord, hear my prayer; let my cry come to you. Do not hide your face from me now that I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.” Psalm 102, verses 2 to 3

When we are in deep distress, we often feel that there is no one who can help. We also feel our helplessness. Sometimes we meet someone and he question in this way, “How are you?” and we become more anxious. We seem confronted over and over again by the same question. And we say to ourselves: “Yet people should see it or know that we are not doing well!”

Here, in the passage of the Psalm that we have brought up, the feeling is quite the same. We believe that God is not aware of what we’re going through. By saying, “Lord, hear my prayer,” we hope he will hear. But the Lord hears very well. He knows. Even if the people don’t see or feel our distress, God knows and he sees it. He understands and supports us already.

It’s normal to seek God in times of unease. That’s what we do, of course. It would be better to learn to trust God more, before discomfort occurs. Let’s reserve time every day, when we are healthy and when we are sick too. We will have greater certainty that he is present with us and we will feel his consolation. We will know that he is with us.

Just thinking about God is already a wise move. Let’s give him a few minutes. Then, for God to tame us, let’s come back often to meet with him.

The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas