God knows your sorrows

Image Source: www.pixabay.com
Image Source: www.pixabay.com

I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them. Exodus 3:7-8

God sees the affliction of his people, he hears their cry for deliverance, he knows their sorrows, and he will deliver them. Of course, the question an Israelite might have asked was, "But why not sooner?" This is the question we all ask when affliction and its sister sorrow robs us of our comfort and peace. If God knows, why not effect an immediate deliverance?

There are a couple of answers to this question. One is the answer that God gave to Job, who couldn't understand why the Lord persecuted him so. God's answer to Job was basically that it was above his pay grade to know why. We cannot fathom infinite wisdom. But we can trust that there are good reasons why God is doing what he is doing. We have to trust in him. He is too wise to err, and too good to be unkind. If he allows suffering to darken our doorstep, it is not because he doesn't love us, but because he is crafting joys for us out of our sufferings in ways that we could never have imagined.

The other answer is that the deliverance that God gives us will in the light of eternity make everything else make sense. There is coming a sure and sweet and satisfying deliverance, in which all our enemies, like the Egyptians in the Red Sea, will be drowned forever. The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18).

In the meantime, don't think that God is ignoring you or that he doesn't care about you. He sees and he knows, not only the external pressures being brought to bear upon you but also the inner anguish and turmoil that makes it so hard to face the day. Don't give up, but hope in God. He will never forsake those who belong to his Son and he will never leave us. He has given us the Spirit for present grace and strength and help. And he will give us eternal glory in the age to come.

By: Jeremiah Bass