“Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm 113:5-9)
Some people live too far away from us to be able to have much involvement in our life on a daily basis. So we are told: “for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.” (Prov. 27:10)
We are all limited creatures who can only see and do so much, even for those we love the most. But this is the way God has designed it. While we are called at times to be His hand extended, we can never be all He must be in the life of another. To live without the knowledge of God’s eyes upon us and His ears open to our prayers is to live in abject aloneness.
The glory of the reconciliation that the blood of Christ has made possible is found in the knowledge that we are no longer alone in this world. God Himself is with us – He knows every hair upon our head. He knows every sparrow that falls to the ground and we are worth more to Him than many sparrows. He knows the very depths of our being – all our desire is before Him; and our groaning is not hid from Him. (Ps. 38:9) What our nearest and dearest does not know about us, God does. And He is near us in order to help us.
God does live in heaven, but heaven is not so far off that we are “out of sight, out of mind” to Him. We are poor and needy children, but He is our loving, generous heavenly Father. He knows what we have need of even before we ask, but He wants us to stay in touch with Him. He is always on call.
“He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.” (Isaiah 30:19)