«Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:23, 24).
TODAY’S TEXT is one of those biblical passages that is easy to read without noticing the beautiful truth it reveals about the God whom you and I worship, and the high esteem in which He holds His children.
e children of Israel is not particularly directed at God. The text only says that they cried out and «groaned because of the bondage.» How, then, is it that God hears that cry? Because if earthly parents are extremely sensitive to the needs of their children, even before they express them verbally, how much more is our heavenly Father attentive to our needs? This is the God of whom Scripture says that He is «merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth» (Exodus 34:6). The God who, before His children cry out for help, has already answered their cry; and who, while they are still speaking, has already heard (Isaiah 65:24).
The second thing that draws attention to today’s text is that God not only hears the cries of His children, but remembers His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Isn’t this wonderful? God doesn’t forget His promises! The promise to Abraham had been that He would make his offspring a great nation. But how could this promise be fulfilled as long as they were slaves in Egypt?
They needed to be freed, of course. For this reason, when He appears in a burning but unconsumed bush, God tells Moses that He has heard the cry of the Israelites, He knows their sorrows, and that He has descended «to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians» (Exodus 3:7—8).
Here is a God who hears the cries of His children, who knows their sufferings, and who also delivers them from their sorrows. Can you ask for more? This is the God whom Jesus came to reveal to us; your Father, my heavenly Father Bless His name, today and forever!
I don’t know what your sorrows are, but this I know: If you cry out for help to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He will not only hear your prayer, but He will also do something about it, and do it when you need it the most. Today your freedom can begin!
I praise You, Father, because You are a God who listens. And I thank You because, even before I cry out to You, You’ve already answered me. What do You want me to do for You, Lord, besides honor Your holy name?