“The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of My people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them …’” Exodus 3:7-8 (NIV)
After 10 weeks of sheltering at home you may be wondering when this will all be over? Will we ever be able to get out? What will the new normal look like? I’m not one much for comparison, but my complaints about confinement made me wonder how Israel survived over 400 years as slaves in Egypt? I can’t help but imagine they must have wondered where God was? Did He care? Had He forgotten them? Doesn’t He even see what we are going through? Can He hear our cries for help?
When you read the verses today in Exodus 3:7-8 did you notice the three things God said to Moses from the burning bush? They describe the heart of God for His people and help us understand how God works and what God is like. God is like what He does. He said to Moses, “I have seen the misery of My people … I have heard them crying out … I am concerned about their suffering.”
After some 80 years when Moses had given up his rescue mission for Israel and fled to another country, God awakens a dream in his heart, and He reveals something about His character to Moses. God said …
- I see their misery.
- I hear their cry.
- I care about their suffering!
God’s compassion for His people led Him to action. “So I have come down to rescue them!”
We say we believe in God, but what kind of God do we believe in? The God revealed in the Bible is a God who knows us. He is a God who cares about what we are going through. There is nothing too small for His concern or too great for His power. He is a God who can rescue us! God has the power to change me! Sometimes God changes my circumstances. Other times He lets the circumstances change me. His goal is to reproduce the likeness of His character in me because He created me in His image and after His own likeness. I was made by God and I was made for God.
When sin entered the world, it separated us from God and led us into slavery. Harmful habits enslave us. We cry out for deliverance. We want to be free. So God sent a deliverer “who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age …” Galatians 1:4 (NIV)
We no longer have to live under the dominion of darkness bound by our sinful habits. That’s the good news! It’s why God sent His Son, Jesus. The Bible puts it this way, “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 (NIV)
I don’t know what you are going through, but I know this – God sees you, God hears your cry, and God cares. He’s already come to rescue you. Receive His forgiveness and grace and enter into the Kingdom of His Son!