Lessons From Isaiah: Cries of My Son, Cries to The Father

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Parenting is a great delight. No, I don’t know if I’m a great dad, nor if I’m doing a good job at this new era in my life, but one thing is certain, I find an indefatigable amount of joy from being a dad and learning how to father.

There is one thing I have learned:  crying, crying, and more crying is not the favorite sound my little guy makes. Especially when he takes the time to cry, but not the time to talk to me and explain why he’s crying! (He’s 4 months old; talking is a little bit non-existent for my young cub.)

Nevertheless, Isaiah’s crying moves me to him, to comfort him, to hold him, to listen to him, to calm him. And it is in doing such that I’ve learned from my son how I am to come to our Father in heaven.

Does not God want us, as His children, to cry out to Him with everything in life? Does not He desire for us to find our comfort in Him, to have our spirit be calmed and find rest and security in Him? One captivating thought to dwell on is the fact that, admittedly so, there are times when I do not want to comfort Isaiah, when I’m tired and am lacking strength at 2 a.m. to go hold him. This is so not like our God. Our God yearns to comfort us, to be there for us. He never tires of comforting His children, His children in whom He delights. As a matter of fact, we bring glory to His name when we come to Him. Thus, as a jealous God, He wants us to come to Him.

Crying out to the Lord is a theme found throughout the entire Bible. Crying of course implies a sense of fear, bewilderment, despair, or even concern for something; crying out to the Lord is simply an act of prayer a form of worship. When we cry out to the Lord, we are implicitly confessing to Him that He is able to deliver us, rescue us from our despair, be there for us, and comfort us. When we cry out elsewhere, we confess the opposite – that God is not sufficient to help us. In Isaiah chapter 8, Isaiah calls his people out saying that they have consulted different people in society, but “should not a people consult their God?” Thus, we can show the world our confidence in God by coming to Him as our refuge, by crying out to Him. Certainly, it could be said that the strength of our belief and reality of our faith could be seen and measured by how much we cry out to God in prayer.

Here are just a handful of verses from the Psalms which pertain to crying out to the Lord. May they encourage us to cry out in prayer to our God and King:

Psalm 5:2 “Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.”

Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”

Psalm 34:15, 17 “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry… The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Psalm 145:19 “He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.”


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