First Thursday in Lent 2019

“Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!” Psalm 102:2

This continues the plea of verse 1 for God to hear our prayers and our cries. Often in the midst of trials whether self inflicted or pressed upon us from others; we want God to see. The last thing we want is for Him to hide His face, to ignore our plight.

The way of this wicked world is to hide their faces from our troubles. The way of this world is to turn away from our plights just as the Priest and the Levite in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Our problem due to our sin is to seek help outside God while expecting to finally find relief, to finally have someone turn their faces to us in help. This never happens when in distress. Sinful people just like us do not want to deal with us in the mire of our own sins or in the mire caused by those that sinned against us. Yes, this world promises everything to tempt us to sin. When we capitulate, the coldness takes over and we are abandoned.

God does not hide His face in the day of our distress. As the Good Samaritan, a presentation of Christ and His work to lift us out of our distress to heal us and save us; God will always do the same for those that turn to Him, that cry out to Him for help, regardless of the circumstances.

He inclines His ear to us as He faces us, doing what this world will never do. Our tendency every single time when in adversity is to ask that He answer our petitions “speedily.”

There is nothing wrong with asking for prayers to be answered quickly. For us though, God works in His timing, not our timing. The answer is always speedy. The answer always is that Christ will be with us through our trials and afflictions, every step of the way to help us to a place to be treated and healed. The getting to the place of rest and healing takes time. Yet, the answer is still speedy. God is working in our world through our messy lives and the messy lives of others. Such is done through time and often at a pace we must submit to and keep praying through. Yes, it is speedily answered, with Christ along with every step toward the relief of our afflictions.

Prayer

Almighty God, help us to know that you never hide your face when we call upon you, when we repent and turn to you. Assist us to know that you hear us and answer us speedily, leading us gently to the relief we need in your good providence and timing. Incline your ear to me, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.