My oldest daughter and I began a Bible study called No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit of Christ by Kelly Minter. For the next several weeks, my Monday School thoughts will be from the study.
A week into it and I know this one is life changing. I’ve read the story of the Israelites in Egypt again and again, but the two words at the end of Exodus chapter two hit me like never before.
At this point in the story, the Israelites groaned because of their slavery in Egypt. Their bondage and the abusive workload caused despair and they cried out to God.
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.Exodus 2:23-25 ESV
God heard their groaning. God remembered his covenant. God saw the people. God knew.
The author of No Other Gods compares the powerlessness of the Israelites against Pharaoh with our powerlessness against strongholds, unexplainable circumstances, or the idols we serve.
When we groan in our misery…….when we cry out for help…..