“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry…(Psalm 10:17).”
I hate to be bothered. For example, I refuse to have any kind of conversation with anyone before I have had a cup of coffee in the morning.
I also get aggraated when I sit in places I expect to be quiet and they’re not. Our public library is a fairly noisy place in my opinion. When I am there, their are crying, screaming children and people talking to others on cell phones and computers.
Even a minute ago I began to get agitated. I am sitting now in a large bookstore in a comfortable chair. However, my peace was disturbed by a loud, shrieky electronic voice coming from someone’ s cell phone.
Yes, I am a curmudgeonly soul who doesn’t like to be intruded upon. I am easily irked when my peace and quiet are disturbed.
It’s a good thing for me and the rest of mankind that God is the opposite. He doesn’t mind being bothered. In fact, He relishes it.
The Lord Jesus Christ wanted to be interrupted. Once his disciples loudly chastized some people who were bringing children to Him.
Jesus became angry at his disciples, not at the people or the kids. He saw in them the nature of His kingdom. Instead of becoming annoyed at their presence, He took them in His arms and blessed them (Mark 8:13-16).
Not long after this incident, a blind man began to scream at Jesus at the top of his lungs, trying to get the Lord’s attention. Once again, Jesus’s followers rebuked the source of the interruption.
He told His disciples to call the man over. Blind Bartimaeus was healed that day (Mark 10:46-52).
Jesus our God does not see people who approach Him at any time as a bother. In fact, He sees the intrusion as an act of faith. With this, He is indeed pleased, not annoyed.
There was one man who seemed to understand the concept that God listened to his entreaties, and the Lord blessed him and the whole world because of it. A Roman soldier called Cornelius pleased God through his prayer life so much that He used the man to open the gospel to everyone, not just the people to whom it had first come.
It was in fact a good thing for Cornelius and for all of us that another person had adopted Jesus’s characteristic of accepting whatever interruption came his way. Peter, one of Jesus’s original followers, was willing to be interrupted by the voice of God and the emissaries of Cornelius.
In fact, Peter was so willing to be intruded upon that he gave up what he was doing and traveld with these representatives. He spoke to them, they received the Holy Spirit, and all people groups of the world had the good news of Jesus the Savior made available to them (Acts 10:1-48).
Why can’t I be more like Jesus, and His follower Peter? I suppose it may be because I see God as someone who doesn’t want to be bothered (Psalm 10:10. Thus, I am emulating this false concept of God instead the truth of who He really is.
The reality is that God loves to be pestered. I need to become more like Him.