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. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey… 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
Yesterday, we saw that God wants us to be a part of bringing the kingdom of God to this earth. God is concerned about suffering – all our suffering. The Cotton Patch Gospel says, “come to me, all you who have a belly-full of emptiness.”
In what ways do you have a ‘belly-full of emptiness’?
In what ways do the people around you have a ‘belly-full of emptiness’?
In Exodus, we see that God hears the cries of the Egyptians. But, God doesn’t just hear the suffering – God does something about it. God sends someone to help. God is calling people every day to do something about suffering. We have answered the call to try and bring the kingdom of God to the Roma people in Slovakia – to help answer the cry of their suffering. One of my favorite song lyrics is by Kyle Matthews. He says,
“God knows that the world needs help,
His ways are mysterious.
He could fix it all by himself,
But he chooses to work through us.
And the thought that’s haunting me,
Is someone in need might be
Praying a prayer, that even I could answer.”
– Kyle Matthews, “Praying a Prayer,” from the album See For Yourself
God indeed does call us to be a part of the alleviation of suffering. It is a tall order, but one that is backed with great power!
- To what or whom is God calling you?
- In what ways can you answer the call to help end the suffering/to be the answer to someone’s prayer?