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"I Care for You" (con't)

Your distress has been nothing like that experienced by God’s Chosen People 1700 years before the time of Christ, but God’s love is just as great. What a beautiful report Moses brings to the people during their sadness. Beaten, starved, persecuted beyond belief, and given nearly impossible tasks to perform without the resources, these desperate people are brought a message from their God, “I care about you.”

Moses has another word from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. “I’ve seen what has happened in Egypt.” They’ve not been forgotten. God saw when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers to the traveling Egyptians. He saw Joseph rise to power only to be brought down by the lying tongue of an immoral woman. God was at work when Joseph was appointed to an even more important office, and God remembered how He worked those many years to eventually bring a family back together to prosper them and make them a great nation even within the borders of Pharaoh’s domain.

And God saw what happened next with the Pharaohs who “knew not Joseph.” Throughout those dark years God saw what happened. He witnessed the tiny infant hidden away among the bulrushes of the Nile and saw him grow into manhood as he became an important officer of the Royal Family. God witnessed the mistreatment of the Hebrew slaves at the hands of their masters and heard their cries. God saw all that had happened to Israel in the land of Egypt.

What a blessed comfort it is when we know that someone in authority with great power is fully aware of our situation and treatment. We understand that deliverance is around the corner and that justice will be done. God knows all that you have come through. He knows the road before you even today and has an abiding interest in what will come your way. You are not alone, your advocate is on duty, and there is hope in the Lord, to those who have been called according to His purpose.

The last word God spoke to Moses about His people was, “I promise to deliver you into the Promised Land.” From the beginning God had promised to care for His people. Abram became Abraham, “the father of many nations,” with the promise before him. Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph all enjoyed the full blessing of God on their lands and families as they worshiped and honored Him.

Many of the Hebrews, who now numbered over a million, had probably forgotten about the promise of Jehovah long ago. Generation after generation had seen things become more intense as the years went by, and there had been no prophet or mighty man of God to carry them through the Egyptian period. The religion that remained was still intact, but after such a time in the fire it is doubtful that many spoke of the promise of God made during a better time.

The word is out, and the promise is still alive even after hundreds of hard years have come and gone, and Moses brings a refreshing word that the children living in Egypt needed to hear. Facing desperation and hopelessness, the word of the Lord became a drink of cool water in the desert. What an exciting moment to realize that God’s promise was unaltered, and the hearers would experience this new chapter in their own lifetimes.

The Lord’s promise to us is just as real and secure, no matter the fiery trials you too have faced. He promises abundant life and purpose. He promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to forgive our sin if we will confess it and repent. He promises growth through tribulation and hardship, and that He will be with us even to the end of the age.

His promises also include such things as a Comforter to walk along beside us, a peace that passes all human understanding, and an invitation to exchange our heavy burdens for His light yoke. This is the same God of the Hebrews who almost 3,500 years ago spoke through Moses.

Do you hear the voice of the Living Lord speaking today? “I care for you. I know what has happened to you, and I promise to deliver you into the Promised Land.” What is the Promised Land that is yours? I can’t speak for every individual who reads this, because some of the promises of God are very intimate and personal. I can, however, speak regarding what God desires of those who make up the church.

God desires to refresh you and take away the heavy burden from your shoulders. He is willing to restore relationships and families. He wants to fulfil His purpose for the mission lighthouse set in your community. God says that “they will know we are Christians by the love we have one for another.” He wants very much for you to know what it is to be an integral part of the Great Commission to the world.

Moses had great doubts about what God wanted him to do. We face doubts too, and until we obey as Moses did we will not experience what God has in store. Moses had to show God what was in his hand and then throw it down as God instructed. As he did this he demonstrated his faith in God, because he obeyed. It was after this that the Lord said, “This is so that the Israelites will believe that the Lord appeared to you. I am the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

What is in your hand? It may not look like something God is interested in, but you must throw it down and allow God to make of you what He will. Surrendering self fully to God will make it possible for others to then believe that the Lord has appeared to you and is able to accomplish all He has promised.

God says, “I care about you, and I have seen what has happened to you in Egypt. I promised I would take you out of your troubles in Egypt and lead you to a fertile land.

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