Sunday, March 10, 2019
“The the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have hear their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.’”
In the first chapter of Exodus we read, “Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”
The new king feared the numerous, Israelites, so he positioned taskmasters over them and instructed them start to systemically oppressing the Israelites. Even so, the Israelites continued to thrive. Years past and the king died, only to have a new Pharaoh placed over them. Then the text tells us that God heard the cries of the Israelites. How comforting is it for you to know that God hears our cries? When have you cried out? What did you cry out? When the landscape of our lives are desolate or despairing God stands ready to hear our complaints. Of course, God stands ready to listen to us everyday. As we begin our sojourn with the Israelites, may we vocalize our joys and concerned to God. Trusting that God will hear us.
Listening God, I know you always stand ready to hear what I have to say. Yet, I do not always voice my joys let alone my heart cries. Give me the courage to be honest and authentic in my relationship with
you. Although I prefer lush green meadows, help me to be open to the lessons of this wilderness sojourn.