“During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.”
cry for help
God looked on
God was concerned
What happens when God’s people are oppressed with a load of misery, groaning under the weight of it all, and cries for help?
God hears, He remembers His covenant promises, and is concerned…He moves to rescue them and bring their deliverance.
God’s time has come and He is on the move! The Scriptures below are in the NLT just to ease the reading of the story. We will look in greater detail as we go.
One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. 3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”
4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
“Here I am!” Moses replied.
5 “Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.
7 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. 9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
The Lord appears to Moses and speaks…I have not forgotten you or my people in Egypt:
- I have certainly seen their oppression
- I have heard their cries of distress
- I am aware of their suffering
- I HAVE COME to rescue them
- I HAVE COME to lead them out
- I HAVE COME to lead into their own fertile and spacious land
- Their cry has reached me
- I have seen
- Now you go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh to lead my people out
“For there is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:11).”
“So Peter opened his mouth and said:
“Truly I understand that God shows no partiality (Acts 10:34).”
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father
of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:16).”
These promises in context are to the Hebrews but God’s personality and character does not change. Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The Lord watches over and cares for His children. As His child, no matter what issue you may be facing you can have faith that God sees and is aware. Cry out to Him for help and in His appointed time He will come to lead you out and to lead you into His plan and purpose.
While we wait, we can always know that the Lord is with us for He has promised, “never to leave nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).”
Perhaps you didn’t get it quite right just like Moses, perhaps you are overwhelmed with disappointment and regret on this day, perhaps you did absolutely nothing-we live in a sin cursed world and life happens…God speaks to let you know that your past doesn’t have to be your present and your present doesn’t have to be your future. Trust Me, I work all things for good for those who love me and are called according to my purpose (Romans 8:28).
“Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.