Reading: “He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.”—Isaiah 30:19

Every word in this sweet scripture tells us that God, your Saviour, knows your voice, hears your cry, and will assuredly answer. He will not only be gracious, but very gracious. He waits to be gracious; waits the most suited time, the best time, the praying time, the crying time; for He times His grace, His mercy, to you in your need. And though you do not know, yet so it is; when His time is near at hand, which is always the best time, He puts a cry in your heart; so that the time of your cry, and the time for the manifestation of His glory, will come together. Is this not being gracious, yea, very gracious? So that, while you are looking after Him, He is looking on you. And before you call on Him, He is coming to bless you. Is not this very gracious?

Now then, make a memorandum of this for any occasion which may hereafter occur. Put it down as a sure, unerring truth—Jesus will be very gracious to you. Never allow this promise to be called in question any more. Next, bring it constantly into use. Faith, well-grounded faith in Jesus, should always bring down general truths to particular cases and circumstances, as the soul’s experience may require.

Hence, when God says He will be very gracious to you, it is the act of faith to answer—if God has said it, so it shall certainly be. And therefore, as that gracious God, who gives the promise, gives also the grace of faith to depend upon the promise, the mercy is already done, and faith enters upon the enjoyment of it. God’s faithfulness and truth become the believer’s shield and buckler. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.