Exodus 3:7 – The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
Are you miserable?
Many of us face miserable circumstances in our day. We may work for a boss who has unreal expectations or is unkind in an effort to increase performance. We may have a chronic illness. We may have a troubled marriage. Maybe for you it’s an addiction. Others are battling depression, self loathing and pain from their childhood. There are so many things to find misery in here on earth. So many ways our days can go wrong, but there is hope.
I have indeed seen the misery of my people
Yes in our verse above God was talking about His people who were being held captive in Egypt, but we know from throughout scripture that God promises to work all for good for those that Love God. (Romans 8:28), so hopefully I’m not overstepping by saying that the same deliverance God has for the Israelites, He has for us. He has seen our misery. He knows what you’re going through. He lived this life, and had temptations and trials (especially just before His death) that were harder than we’ll ever have to face. He knows about having family members not believe in Him. He knows about being treated poorly by those who should know better. He knows about being alone, different, sad and in pain.
Have you ever been so overwhelmed with sorrow that you feel you might die? So has Christ. Read how He felt in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:38 – “Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.””. I remember the first time I really heard these words. I was battling depression and felt like no one had felt the way I did. I felt like God couldn’t even understand, yes He had become a human, but he never had His emotions overwhelm Him. When I read this verse, it was so freeing for me, because I have a God who understands my emotions. He understands having a troubled soul. I felt free to turn over my pain to Him, knowing He understood me more than I had ever realized before.
I have heard them crying out
Have you cried out to Jesus to help you with your pain and suffering. He isn’t just some God who hasn’t gone through what you’re going through, He understands. He sees what you’re going through and wants you to turn your pain over to Him to take care of it. You might have to keep handing it over to Him (if you’re anything like me, I keep taking back my worries and pain), but we can trust the One who understands us to take care of our pain and sorrow.
I am concerned about their suffering
God doesn’t sit idly by while you’re in pain. He is concerned about what’s going on in your life, and will help you through it. Keep your focus on Him, trust Him and watch Him work miracles in your life. He is trustworthy, He is concerned about you, and He has the remedy for your pain. Give it over to Him so He can heal your soul.
Are you crying out?