Sometimes I can be selfish, I can get into the word, read something that blows me away, and then keep it to myself. Today I’m going to choose not to be selfish but share with you the good news that God gave me during my morning devotions.
Exodus 2:23-25: “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 remember His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel – and God knew.”
There’s so much that I can take out of this small paragraph at the end of Exodus chapter 2, but this morning as I was reading I was blown away by the three small words that end chapter 2, and God knew. God saw the people of Israel – and God knew. Sometimes we separate ourselves from the truth. If the truth sets us free, then the opposite must give us the opposite effect of freedom. The truth is that God made us a promise, He will never leave us or forsake us. The lie is that He is distant and He doesn’t see what we are going through. Now, I think one of the coolest things about scripture is how even though it was written thousands of years ago, it still can be applied and can still directly speak to a situation in my life right now. In Exodus chapter 2, God saw the people of Israel and God knew. In 2016, God sees you at your job where you don’t feel valued, He sees you at your school when you cry to yourself in the washroom after being bullied, and He sees you at home when your trying so hard to keep the peace but everyone around you is going crazy, and He knows.
One of the benefits of living a Christian life is all the trials I have the opportunity to go through. I only say this half jokingly, because sure trials develop character and help me become a better person but trails at the end of the day wouldn’t be trials unless they tested you and pushed you to the limit of your abilities. There have been times that I have poured my heart out to a loved one, and there have been times where in return I heard them say, “I know what you’re going through.” Has that ever happened to you? Now, I appreciate what they say, but the truth of the matter is, in that moment they don’t know what I’m going through. Isolation adds to the pain. I don’t know if maybe I’m taking three words out of the old testament too far, I don’t know if maybe I’m stretching them beyond how they were meant to be interpreted, but there is just something in knowing that God sees me, He sees my situation, He sees my struggle, but not only does He see me and my situation and struggle, He knows. People around me can see what I’m going through, but God knows.
I’m a busy guy, but I try to put things in place that would keep my healthy, I don’t really have a lot of time to do so now, but I used to go to the gym. As part of starting up they gave each new member a 1 hour personal training session with a personal trainer, they even had a bulletin board with all of the personal trainers pictures on it, one by one I could look at the different trainers pictures and choose what one I wanted to work with. You know what would have been stupid? It would have been stupid for me to go to the bulletin board, look at all the pictures, and see a bunch of out of shape people. Sure they could tell me how to be fit, but they don’t know how to be fit because they had never done it themselves. When I go to the gym I want someone working with me who is not in worse shape then me but in better shape, why, well because they understand what it takes to get to the desired result. With that in mind, let me encourage you but reaffirming it in your mind wherever you are at, God doesn’t just see or understand, He knows and is putting things in place to deliver you from your troubles in due time. All we have to do is keep faith, and a steady pace as we walk according to His will for our lives.