Murder | Devotion 6: God Hears Our Cry
As we look through the life of Moses, we learn that God used Moses to bring “the children of Israel” out of Egypt from their slavery. Moses learned of his role for this in Exodus 3:10, “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Exodus 2:23-25 stated, “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. 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.”
The covenant came from Genesis 15:18-21, “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.’” We learn here in Genesis that God promised to deliver the Israelites, and then we see it carried out through Moses in Exodus.
In Exodus 3:7-8, we see God describe that He had seen and heard both their affliction and their cry for help: “Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.’” Then, in verse 10 He told Moses that he would be the one to bring the people out of Egypt.
Looking through the life of Moses, and specifically in these passages, we learn a few things about who God is to us. He is our refuge, strength, and help in time of trouble. Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He is the one who can truly give us rest. Matthew 11:28 adds, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If we truly learn to cry out to God, He promises to hear our cry.