Exodus: Israel’s Cry to God

 

If God knows our suffering, and if He sees our pain, and if He is so loving, why doesn’t He do something? Does God really care about me? Is he interested in what happens to me? These are huge questions that plague our mind today and it is a question that comes out of the story of Exodus. In the text of today we can see that played out as we read how the people cried out to God and you can’t help but wonder why God waited so long to deliver them. We don’t know exactly how long they were slaves in Egypt but we do know that they were there for 430 years. For part of that time they lived well but eventually they were enslaved and oppressed. Exodus suggests that this went on for several generations at least, since the oppression began before Moses was born, and it continued until Moses was eighty years old.

The question we have to wrestle with is why did God wait so long to set them free? Why did he delay? We know that God is a compassionate God, we acknowledge His mercy, we celebrate His grace, we confess that God is love, so why was he willing to let his people suffer? It is more than just a mystery, it can also be a source of frustration, anger and doubt. Maybe this is your own experience of God? Together we will try and make some sense of this on Sunday night.

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