You drew near when I called on You; You said, "Do not fear!"Lamentations 3:57(NASB)
How powerful, comforting and heart-warning are these words written by Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of Israel, who grieved over the shocking demise of Jerusalem and lamented over the ruins of David's golden city. The invisible, omnipresent God is never far from any one of us but His presence ofttimes seems distant, during times of deep distress and anguish of heart.
But God in His wisdom often waits for His distressed children to recognise that their deepest heart-need is the Lord Himself and that their severe lack can only be satisfied in Him - as they come to Him in childlike dependence. God in His grace often uses those times of darkness and distress to teach us the lessons of His grace, so that as we call out to Him for help and strength, we discover Him to be our great and merciful Provider.
He knows that His strength is made perfect in our weak and helpless state and He knows that His grace is more than sufficient to meet all our needs, according to His riches in glory. But often in His wisdom, grace and love, God will bring us to the end of ourselves so that we find that He alone is our refuge and strength in times of trouble and need
Though God at times may wait for us to call out to Him, He is neither slow to hear the cries of the disconsolate soul - nor is He slack in responding to pleading cries of the breaking heart - for the very day that Jeremiah called out to the Lord for help, was the very time the Lord responded with those great words of comfort from the God of all-comforts - Fear Not.
The prayer of helplessness is the simple sigh of the living soul, which is breathed into the heart of the living God. The whispered plea of dependent helplessness, rejoices the heart of God, and His immediate response is, fear not, my child, I created you and purchased you - I died for you and I love you.
When the eyes of the heart cling to the Lord in our deep distress, and childlike dependence, our muted voice is translated into an inner groan of the soul, and God hears and responds to every heart-cry of His children, with His gracious words of comfort - FEAR NOT.
Help me Lord, in Jesus name, AMEN.