Devotions By Jan

Big Boys Don’t Cry

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baby crying sumoScripture for Today: Genesis 21:17 “God heard the boy crying, and the Angel of God called to Hagar from Heaven and said to her, ‘What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid, God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.'”

I thought this picture of a sumo wrestler holding up a crying baby was very sweet, until I learned the story behind the picture!  There is a Baby Crying Contest held each year in Tokyo.  None are older than sixteen months and the one who cries the loudest wins!  The winning babies are usually those held up high by the sumo wrestlers.  Perhaps it is the fear and insecurity they feel up in the air that makes them cry the loudest.  It seems heartless to create a competition like this.

Our verse for today reveals God’s heart.  He hears the crying of a young boy and answers from Heaven with reassurances to the mother.  God then meets their need for water.  The context is the banishment of Hagar and her son, Ismael.  This young boy and his mother are experiencing not only great need but fear as well.  Because God has heard the crying, He meets both of these needs; water and reassurance.  God goes on to give them a promise of future blessing.

I amazed that God is moved by our tears.  Often in the Psalms David cries out to the Lord and is reassured (Ps. 34:17).  God is not impressed with stoicism in our prayers.  He understands the cries of our hearts and He is compassionate.  Big boys do cry and I need that release when coming to Him with a heavy heart.  I can unload the weight of whatever is distressing me.  I know He hears my crying with compassion.

Thank you Lord, for answering all my cries.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.


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