“God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.” (Exodus 2:25, NASB95) Hundreds of thousands of the descendants of Abraham were suffering. They were enslaved. There was no escape. Only God could help. So they cried out to God (v23) and God saw their situation and God heard their cries. Do not underestimate the power of Crying out to God. Moses couldn’t save one Israelite, let alone all of them. But the enslaved and powerless called out to the one who could save them, and he heard them. From those desperate prayers flowed the Exodus. The Exodus stands as the single most powerful moment of God’s deliverance before the cross. In the Cross God delivered people enslaved to sin. In the Exodus God delivered a people enslaved to Egypt. And now we await the day when God will again extend his mighty outstretched hand to perform wonders to finally deliver all of his people (Revelation). But right here, right now, we need to know that God hears our cries, and God sees our humility. Are you ready?
Crying out to God for “Next” means we are not going to rely upon our own wisdom. God’s plan isn’t to use what we can do, but what he can do. Moses thought he could do it his way. In Exodus 2:11-14 the beautiful child Moses had grown into a man who believed murdering one Egyptian would solve a problem. But it didn’t take long to find out how wrong he was. As a result the prince of Egypt ran away into the wilderness. He spent forty years watching sheep and living in exile. Praise God that the Lord was not through with his deliverer, but first he had to be taught to rely upon God rather than on his own wisdom. Are you listening?
God had said it would be 400 years (Genesis 15:13) that the descendants of Jacob (Israel) would be enslaved in Egypt. It was part of God’s plan for His glory; but they still had to endure it. Knowing God’s plan does not make things easy. Let that sink in. Knowing God’s plan does not make things easy. We are involved in an epic battle stretching across time to rescue men, women, and children from the penalty of the sins they love, as well as the sins they hate. But we carry a word of rescue. “Jesus died so you can be forgiven and find life in Him who rose again.” This simple message of rescue is the foundation of our hope. In Genesis 15, Abraham received not only the promise of a son, but the promise of captivity, rescue, and redemption. Lord, Today make us ready to carry this word of rescue to our city. Imprint it deep into our hearts. Prepare us to boldly explain the good news that Jesus died to save sinners.. Amen.