Thursday, May 12, 2011

He Sees. He Knows.

"During those 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.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  God saw the people of Israel—and God knew." — Exodus 2:23-25, ESV

Alone. Solo. Forsaken. Friendless. Isolated. No one else. Hopeless. Confused. Broken. Hurting. Frustrated. 

These are words that accompany the pain that you and I face, and will face down the road.  Many times, the isolation that we feel is brought on by ourselves, not wanting to burden anyone with our problems or to show our weakness.  However, these feelings come and hit all of us at some point when the pain is real and in our faces.

But let me encourage you with these words:


It's true.

  • For the family who has to deal with death taking a loved one unannounced.
  • For the parents who watch their teenager be swept away by addiction.
  • For the child who is abused by someone who is supposed to love them.
  • For the married couple who long so much to have a baby, only to be met with the "—" sign on the pregnancy test month after month.
  • For the poverty-stricken.
  • For the sick.
  • For the broken.
  • For the suicidal.
  • For the unwelcomed.
  • For the lost.
  • For the confused.

For some, this truth makes you even more angry because you don't see God working according to what he knows.  But let me remind you of this: 

Exodus 2 closes with God seeing and God knowing.  Exodus 3 begins with the implementation of his plan of salvation.  The same is true for you.  Exodus 2:23-25 shows us that God knows what you're going through.  But maybe you're at the point in the salvation story of Jesus that fits between the last period of chapter 2 and the first capital letter of chapter 3.  You're in the waiting phase, that has a purpose no matter how pointless it may seem.  God's plan is in motion.  It has been since before you hit the painful situation that you're experiencing.  God knows.  God sees.

So remember: you're not alone.  Stand firm, by God's grace, as long as you can.  After that, stand firm.  And when you have nothing else to give, collapse into the arms of the Jesus who knows, sees, and brings about salvation out of impossible situations.


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