1 John 5:13-15 | God Hears You
1 John 5:13-15 (NKJV): “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
1) God is always listening
Imagine for a second the most attentive, caring, and wise person listening to you. With every word you say, you know this person is fully present with you and is patient in letting you say what you want to say. Now, imagine yourself having a conversation with a bad listener--someone you can’t even seem to get one word in without them getting distracted or trying to interject, much less care about what you are saying. We are social creatures, and interacting with other humans is usually part of this journey called life. What I’m trying to say is that if you are reading this, you have probably experienced both the good listener and the bad listener. While no one is a good listener all the time, there is a Good Listener who is always listening.
One truth we can establish about God is that He is always listening. It is written, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36 NKJV). If our idle words will be accounted for on the day of judgment, then it’s safe to presume that God also knows of every other word that we have spoken or will speak. Of course, this is God that we are talking about, so it does go without saying. Nonetheless, God knows the words we are speaking out loud and the words we say within our hearts. But, unlike the bad listener mentioned before, God is the best listener there is. With God’s mindfulness and patience toward us, however, we can easily get caught up i