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When They Hear
by Jenny on June 28th, 2019

"When they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped." Exodus 4:31b

In the Bible, the book of Exodus describes a difficult time in history for the nation of Israel. God's people lived as foreigners in Egypt. Upon arrival to Egypt, the ruler of Egypt treated God's people well. But the longer God's people resided (and multiplied) in Egypt, the more Egypt despised them. The Egyptians forced God's people into harsh labor for generations. But God remembered His promise to care for His people. God selects a man named Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. When Moses tells the nation of Israel that the LORD is concerned about them and that He has seen their misery, their hearts fill with hope, and they bow down and worship Him. (Exodus 4:31b)

Life can sometimes make us feel hopeless. Like God's people in Egypt, we feel as if we live as slaves to an overbearing taskmaster, whether the taskmaster seems to be our circumstances or sometimes even God Himself. Exodus 6:9 tells us that God's people had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery to believe in God's goodness or to listen to His promises. But God was with them, and He was at work among them the entire time. God cared about them. He was concerned about them. He had seen them. And He sent Moses and Aaron to tell them of His care and concern.

Who do you need to tell? Who do you know that needs to be reminded, or perhaps told for the first time, of God's care and concern for them? Maybe it's you who needs to hear.

God sees you. Hebrews 4:13 tells us that, "nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." Proverbs 15:3 tells us that, "the eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." Psalm 139:3 reads, "You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do." God sees you. He is aware of your circumstances.

God cares about you. Difficult circumstances, unfair circumstances, unthinkable, unimaginable circumstances cause us to question God's care. But the Bible is full of stories of "good" people who endured suffering (the Bible is full of stories of "bad" people who suffered too). We do not understand why God allows "bad" things to happen to "good" people but in EVERY story of the Bible, God uses "bad" for "good."

The Scriptures show us that God doesn't come along AFTER the bad and somehow twist it for good. The Scriptures show us that God planned all along, from the beginning of time, to all the time work through the bad for good. Genesis 50:20 reads, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Proverbs 21:12 tells us that, "The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; He will bring disaster on them." God will bring about His perfect plan for the redemption of the world, which includes redemption for you and whatever circumstances He allowed you to endure. Never relate difficult circumstances with God's failure or inability to love you. He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

God is coming for you. Indeed, God has already come for you. In the Old Testament God sent Moses to tell His people of His care and concern and of His plans to lead them out of slavery. In the New Testament God sent His Son, Jesus, so that we might know of His care and concern for us. Jesus made a way for us to escape slavery to sin, that we might be led in Christ in triumphal procession (2 Corinthians 2:14). God has come for you.

The disciples were bewildered after witnessing Jesus' crucifixion--an extremely difficult circumstance. But in Luke 24 Jesus "takes the disciples through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." Jesus tells them all they need to know about Him in light of their difficult circumstances.

In Acts 8 we see the Ethiopian Eunuch struggling to comprehend the Scriptures. So, using the Scriptures, Philip tells the eunuch the Good News about Jesus.

Romans 10:14 reads, "But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?"

The Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Now that you have heard, who do you need to tell? Because when they hear of God's care and concern for them, maybe they, like the Israelites, will bow down in awe and worship of Him too.

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