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Elohim Shama: The God Who Hears

Like that faithful friend who puts all else aside when we show up with a need, God takes us by the hand, locks His gaze on us, and gives us His undivided attention. Psalm 17:6 assures us God is an active listener. But He doesn’t merely hear our words; He is also moved by the unvoiced groanings of our hearts (Romans 8:26).

How encouraging to know that in Christ, God is completely empathetic to our human struggles (Hebrews 4:14–16). Because He knows us intimately (Psalm 139:1), because He listens attentively to us, and because He loves us perfectly, we can rest assured that He will always meet our needs (Philippians 4:19). Even when no one else seems to be paying attention, you can trust that God hears the cries of your heart.