Heard, Remembered, Saw, Knew

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 remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.” “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” Exodus 2:23-25; Psalm 34:4-5

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” Psalm 107:6-7,14,20,29; 138:3

A friend told me she could not believe in a God who had allowed her to suffer so much- suicide of a loved one, chronic pain, multiple surgeries. Others question how God can be God with so much poverty, violence, suffering, dissension in the world. Yet there is the deeper and contrasting thought that we would not exercise the desperation of crying out, and the bliss of knowing God hears and answers, had we not the pain that compels us to do so. When our way is fraught with danger and heartache, our impossibilities are unyielding, God brings peace and refreshment and deliverance in ways we would not have dreamed possible, showing forth His glorious mercy and love to His own.

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Invisible God is very present. Unseen God hears, and comes, to palpably comfort and bathe with relief. In our angst and sorrow and burdens too heavy to bear alone, we learn the mercy and lift and embrace of the Almighty. Job suffered the devastation of indescribable loss, physical anguish, betrayal of friends, yet knew intimately in this darkness of soul the hope and intangible, very real presence of his Redeemer. (Job 19:25-27)

“Our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,..and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” The baptism in our lives of heavy cloud, roaring sea, destroying fire, are our identity with Jesus; our Rock is with us in every trial to comfort and deliver. (Isaiah 43:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:1,3-4,13)

Where am I moaning in misery, complaining God is unjust, playing the martyr? Would I turn to the living Perfecter of my faith, and trust His word and redemptive ways? (Hebrews 12:2)

Unchangeable Lord, You know every aspect of the way I take. Fulfill Your holy purposes, refine me as gold. Help me not faint in trial, but fly to You who ordain all things. Keep me trusting You when I cannot perceive You, believing You see and hear and know me, and are always working for me and for Your glory. (Job 23:8-14)

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