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“God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.”
Exodus 3:25 (ESV)
The time of Joseph’s leadership in Egypt for Pharaoh had been a boon to Egypt and a salvation to Israel, but Joseph was dead. A new Pharaoh ruled and the children of Israel had multiplied and prospered.
Pharaoh now enslaved the children of Israel and they were cried out to God. They wondered if God was still paying attention to their plight and if He even saw them any more. Boy babies had been murdered and the weight of grief still hovered over them in addition to the grueling slavery they endured.
So many wondered if God cared for them and if so, how He could allow them to endure so much suffering.
But God did hear and He remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The verse today says God saw and He knew, but they would not see his rescue for some time yet.
How easily I/we succumb to the same feelings in the midst of whatever trial is plaguing us. We wonder if He has forgotten what’s going on down here on earth with us.
Doesn’t He see we are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, losing hope as our situation remains unchanged?
If we are his beloved children, why doesn’t He show up when we have been calling out to Him?
When we read today’s passage He reminds us that He has not forgotten us. He is not on vacation. He sees and knows. Jesus has intervened on our behalf before the throne and God will move at just the right time
God is faithful, covenant-making, and covenant-keeping. He sees the beginning and the end. He will work all things for our good and his glory even if we haven’t seen what He is doing now or will do.
Our view on earth is limited.
Dear Lord, help me, help us to be patient and to hold fast to your promises. Help us to call to mind your character and loving assurances that you will respond to our cries for help.
Stir up our faith and bring others alongside us to encourage us until we see you in the midst of our situation.
Thank you, that you always hear see us.