Connected – but alone?

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“Can anybody hear me?” “Is anyone really listening?” “Is there anyone I can talk to?” Have you asked any of these? They’re such frustrating questions. With the world-wide popularity of cell phones and the internet, the world has never been more connected — but at the same time, we can feel very alone. When life gets hard, it suddenly doesn’t matter how many friends we have on Facebook, how much money we have, or how full our social calendar is. We need more than a distant acquaintance. We need a real friend; someone we can trust and who truly cares about us. We need someone who will take the time to listen to us.

The truth is, all of us have a problem. Even if your life seems to be going smoothly at the moment, each of us has a problem of sin.
In the Bible, in the book of Psalms, a man named David wrote, “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). When he was overwhelmed with the troubles in his life, he knew where he could go. He went to the Lord, to the God of the universe.

The truth is, all of us have a problem. Even if your life seems to be going smoothly at the moment, each of us has a problem of sin. We have broken God’s perfect law, so He cannot allow us into Heaven (Romans 3:23). But almost two thousand years ago, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, died in our place, for our sins (Isaiah 53:5). Three days later, He rose from the dead, and is alive today! (Romans 6:9-10) So He is able to hear us if we ask Him to forgive us for our sins. The Bible says the Lord Jesus is the only one who can give us forgiveness and eternal life (Acts 4:12).

So, who does the Lord Jesus hear? One of the wonderful things about Him is that His ears are always open. He is always listening for those who cry out to Him. In the Bible, we read of many people who cried out to the Lord Jesus for help. And every time, He heard them. It didn’t matter who they were or what they needed, He always stopped and listened. We have a wonderful promise in the Bible, that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). No matter what you’ve done, He wants to save you, and give you a new life. Have you called out to the Lord Jesus? He’s listening for your call.

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