How do you view God?
It’s an essentially important question. Your answer sets the perspective trajectory of your life.
- Do you view him unaware of what is going on in your life?
- Do you think of him to be unwilling to do anything about it?
- Do you think he is actually unable to do anything even if he wanted to help?
- Or do you think he is unshaken in his commitment to you?
In Exodus 1:8-14, we read of how God’s people were in a horrible situation, and the circumstances continued to get worse.
Exodus 1:8 Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9 And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.
This evil king wanted to persecute the Israelites. The world always attempts to marginalize the people of God. This group represented belief in God which threatened this ruler’s authority. Whenever God’s people threaten worldly systems, people attempt to silence them.
Due to this insecurity, the Israelites faced political, economic, social, and spiritual opposition. God’s people are no strangers to serious opposition. Throughout history, those who walk with God are accustomed to expecting persecution.
So, what did they do?
Exodus 2:23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
The people cried out to God, and then verse 25 says something simple at face value but profound at the soul level. It said that God saw them, and he knew. He saw, and he knew. They weren’t alone. God was already on the move.
While it says that Israel cried out for help, it never specifies whom they cried to for help. Maybe their cry was toward God, or maybe it was just general lament. If they anticipated any type of help, you do hope that their cry was directed toward the only one who could help.
You will always be letdown if you expect others to do what only God can do.
People can offer assistance, but only God can provide deliverance. When God heard Israel’s despair, he knew exactly what they were going through and precisely what he was going to do about it. God has never been oblivious to the trials in our lives, and he is willing and able to help us in our times of need.
God knows your situation even better than you know it yourself. He is aware. He is willing. He is capable. If you are suffering, he is aware of it and desires to come to your side. Have you called for him? God never grows weary of his kids calling out to him for help.
If it’s important to you, it’s important to God.
This truth is something we miss oftentimes. God doesn’t only make house calls on urgent needs. He’s not too busy or important to care for the things that bother you. If you are suffering, you can call to him.
God isn’t oblivious to what you are going through, so why would you neglect talking with him about it?
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.