Exodus 3:7-8a “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 milt and honey,” (ESV)
Tim Gustafson writes concerning God freeing of Israel from Egyptian slavery, “More than six hundred years earlier, God had made this promise to Abraham: ‘All peoples on earth will be blessed through you’ (Genesis 12:3). The flight of the Israelites from Egypt was but one step in that blessing – God’s plan to rescue his creation through the Messiah, Abraham’s descendant.”
This passage was true for the Israelites under Egyptian slavery. However, it’s true for us today. We live in a broken world, with broken bodies, mind and/or even spirits. We see the brokenness in the everyday. Slavery, sex trafficking, racism, sexism, poverty, inequality are all things that continue to exist today. Our world is becoming more and more sick. Countries continue to rage wars against one another. That is all over and above the pandemic we’re all living in today. Include the deteriorating mental health of many, it is not hard to acknowledge that our world is broken.
So what is the answer?
I believe God speaks to us through this passage because He is not a God who is far off. He isn’t a God who does not care about the concerns in our lives. He is a loving God, who is intimately acquainted with our personal circumstances and context. He sees your pain and your suffering. He sees the brokenness around you and in you. He knows of your life and He says to you what He spoke to Moses. I see your affliction and I hear your cry. By my mercy and my grace, I will delivery you from it and bring you into my house.
This passage was written for a particular people in a particular time. However, the character of God doesn’t change. He calls to you in your pain and in your affliction and in your suffering and He says, “Come home.” Incredibly enough, He doesn’t just call you home, but has provided a way for you. Through sending his son Jesus to die on the cross, to pay the price we were destined to pay, we are no longer left without hope but instead we have a savior who lived and died for me. One who came to die for the sins of the world that we might become children of God!
Jesus has delivered us out of brokenness and into the family of God. Things may still be rough here on earth and we may still have trouble. But TAKE HEART! For Christ has overcome the world, the evil one and our sin. We now no longer live but live in Jesus!
Question of the day: “How are you living in the knowledge that you are one of His children?”
Prayer: “Thank you Father, for making Yourself accessible to me despite Your great power, holiness, and overwhelming presence.”