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Bible Verse of the Day

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

The Cry Of the Heart

Ultrasounds enable us to watch the unborn – seeing development, and the child responding to life around them. It’s amazing!

Our unborn children would suddenly move as I spoke…nothing new – John the Baptist leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb as Mary (pregnant with Jesus) greeted her. The unborn child is, indeed, a living person.

Researchers believe the unborn can actually cry. There is no sound, yet body movement, inhale and exhale patterns, frowns, grimaces, the tongue going down, and quivering lips indicate a cry.

The craving for nourishment and life begins in the womb. The sucking impulse of a nursing child, and every subsequent hunger pang is the cry.

Only the living cry. A ‘cry of the heart’ is created in every person.  It is that hunger and thirst, a panting, a yearning to SURVIVE and to be SATISFIED. Tears of longing or of joy flow from this.

The Living God spoke of this ‘ache’ within us to LIVE (survival) and REALLY LIVE (satisfaction) as being “very good” (Genesis 1:31). He wants to walk with us in this venture.

However, there is a problem. Mankind has chosen to not consult God about life and living. We don’t believe Him; we want to be independent.

Yet the “I Did It My Way” mentality just isn’t working. The daily news isn’t just a ‘cry’, it’s a ‘scream’ – for life, love, peace, and justice. We know things are JUST NOT RIGHT!

We hear the hungry, the homeless, the oppressed, the abused, and the unprotected. We see the ‘runaway impulse’ of the addict – longing to be satisfied. In scrambling for fulfilment there is little thought of returning to walk with God the Creator.

Solomon noted, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Some get to that dark place of believing suicide or M.A.I.D. to be exit strategies that pacify the cry of the heart.

To our broken life Jesus came. He speaks to our heart-cry, “I come that they may have life (survival), and have it to the full (satisfaction)”. (John 10:10) He fed the hungry, healed the sick, helped the hurting, brought peace to those with mental illness, raised the dead, and overcame death Himself.

Further, Jesus noted, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Heaven fulfills our heart’s cry. Being assured of Heaven changes the quality of life as we anticipate arriving there.  

Getting there involves no boast of “I Did It My Way.” We need to turn from sin, and bow to the Lord Jesus as Saviour. God has set eternity in our hearts; our cry is for a FUTURE and FULFILMENT that lasts. A relationship with Jesus promises this.

Jesus invites us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28) I returned to Him; we walk together. I have found this rest.

The ‘cry of MY heart’ for survival and satisfaction is fulfilled with Jesus!

“Are you with me?”
Pastor Bill Terris