Proverbs 15:27-30 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
I have said throughout the years that the lost, unsaved people in the world have no claim to the ear of God. In fact, in Psalms 66:18 God tells us, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
Today again we see the same thing restated. It says, “The Lord is far from the wicked.” We all know that God is everywhere. He is omnipresent. So, it doesn’t mean He is physically far from the wicked. It’s a warning to the lost soul of the availability of God’s ear at any time, and for any just reason.
In the midst of the worst that this world has to offer, they have no hope in calling on God for help. The only prayer God is waiting to hear from the sinful soul is one which cries out, be merciful unto me a sinner. It’s the call for salvation from a repentant heart. God knows the difference between a truly repentant heart, and someone simply trying to get out of the bad situation which often, they have gotten themselves into.
Yet, in this same verse we are told that God hears, “the prayers of the righteous.” Who are they? Who are the ones referred to as the righteous? They are those who have been made righteous by the blood of God’s Son Jesus Christ. It is not our own righteousness causing a Holy God to bend His ear toward us. It’s the perfection of His Son Jesus, who clothes us in His righteousness, to make us appear righteous to God, and causes God continually to listen to the petitions of our heart.
Trouble will come to everyone. That is a given in this world filled with sin that we live in. The question is not will trouble come, the question is who will be there with you when it does? If you call out to God for help, will He hear you? If you’ve been saved, and placed in Jesus Christ, you can know that He does.
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