Encouraging words – comforting words – reassuring words for those going through deep trials… I read them this morning tucked away in Stephen’s defense before the Jewish leaders in the book of Acts. They reminded me of the truth upon which they are based in Exodus. I believe they will be a blessing to one of my Facebook friends that is a part of the “Coffee with the Lord” group today… Someone out there needs this reminder!
Stephen in his defense reminded the Jewish leaders, “The Lord spoke to Moses and said to him… ‘I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come to set them free.’” (Acts 7.34 NIV)
And then the account from Exodus… “The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant … He looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” (Exodus 2.23-25 NIV)
And then again later, “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. So I have come down to rescue them… and bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.’” (Exodus 3.7-8 NIV)
As I read those words today, I was reminded of the reassuring truth in 1 Peter 5.6-7… “Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your care upon Him because He cares for you!”
Don’t know who needed to be reminded of this truth today, but here it is… You may feel forgotten, even abandoned… you wonder if God is even aware of what you’re going through… He is! He’s aware! He’s concerned! He cares! He will act to sustain you, help you and rescue you! He did for His people Israel… He’ll do it for you!