Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you in Egypt.”
Have you ever felt like God has forgotten about you? Or felt that He wasn’t concerned about a certain situation in your life? Have you ever cried out to God for help and felt ignored by Him? Maybe you are facing something right now that is draining you mentally, spiritually and even physically and you wonder where God is.
Is this you?
If so, I’d like to let you know that GOD IS INDEED CONCERNED ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH!
I’ve read the story of God speaking to Moses many times before, but today as I was reading this story, the verse above stuck out to me. I thought about what the children of Israel were going through when God gave this message to Moses. At this point, they had been enslaved by the Egyptians for over 400 years. They had been praying and praying for God to rescue them and yet nothing ever changed. I can’t imagine how hopeless it must have felt to be born into a life of slavery. Not only that, but to be taught to trust in God even though many generations of people never saw the answer to prayer they were looking for – freedom from bondage. I think the problems that we face in life are nothing in comparison to what the children of Israel dealt with. However, many times our problems seem just as bad to us. I believe God wants me to share the same message that He shared with Moses with you all today…that He is indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you!
I found this verse wonderful and interesting for a few reasons:
1) God reminded me that He always cares about us and the things we are dealing with in life. The world would have us think otherwise – that God is some far off being who is only concerned with huge issues – but that isn’t the case at all. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with a huge issue like being enslaved in Egypt or wondering how you will pay your mortgage on time – God cares! God concerns Himself with each one of us and the individual issues that we face in life. He loves you and hears every single word that you utter to Him. He even hears the unspoken prayers and concerns of our hearts. Today, God says, “I love you and am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you.”
2) God waited a long time before giving the children of Israel this message of hope and encouragement. Can you imagine what it must have felt like to pray and pray to God and not hear from Him for so long? As I stated previously, these people were in bondage for over 400 years. They prayed and prayed for relief and for a way out of their situation, yet nothing ever changed nor did they hear from God. God chose to wait until right before the great Exodus (their answer to prayer) to tell them that He was concerned about them and their situation. Feel like you’ve been waiting a long time and haven’t heard from God? Today, God says, “I love you and am indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you.” Hold on just a little while longer!
3) Even though God gave this message to Moses for the children of Israel, they didn’t receive help right away. God had their answer, but it wasn’t revealed to them until just the right time (God’s time). In fact, things got worse before they got better as these people went through some serious persecution, because of Moses and witnessed the various plagues in Egypt. We too may face some hard times in life before we see answers to our prayers. Just know that in the midst of life’s hardships that God loves you and is indeed concerned about you and what has been done to you!
There are all sorts of reasons why we face hard times in life and I don’t claim to know or understand them all. Sometimes things happen as a result of our disobedience to God or as a consequence of a choice that we’ve made. Sometimes these situations are God’s way of refining us and making us better and stronger. Other times our trials and tribulations are used to bring God glory and to draw people to Him. Sometimes these things are just the result of living in a sinful world. The list goes on and on. The one thing that I know for sure is that God loves each one of you so much, and cares about what you are facing today!
God has not forgot about you and THE ANSWER to any problem you have is found in Him! Don’t be discouraged by the circumstances of life, but instead find comfort in knowing that God loves you, hears your prayers and is indeed concerned about what you are going through!
Since I am afflicted and needy, Let the Lord be mindful of me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.
…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.