Thursday, March 4, 2010

"And God Knew"

I was reading my Bible during my daily devotions today; I just started Exodus. I was reading through Chapter 2, and the last verse just hit me. It's a simple verse; not very long-- short and straight to the point.

"God saw the people of Israel-- and God knew." -Exodus 2:25

God knew. Knew what? Everything. The preceding passages were talking about how Israel was weary and groaning because Pharaoh was inflicting them with slavery in Egypt. They had cried out to God in their distress, and He heard them, and knew.

God knew about everything: their physical pain, emotional pain. He heard their tears and sighs. He saw their weariness and discouragement. And He knew.

It's still the same for us, I think. Even though God doesn't generally talk to us through a burning bush, He still hears us and knows. He knows our failures and weaknesses. At first thought, that should make us tremble. But even so, He comforts us and heals us, and when we cry out to Him, He, by His grace, does answer. He knows our sorrows and the discouragement that we feel sometimes when we just can't get it right. He doesn't just hold our hand-- sometimes he picks us up and carries us. God knows how much we need Him. And, praise be to God that He helps us!

Today, I think that God told me that He loves me more than I ever realized, in spite of myself. If God knows everything, and He still loves me... What God could be more amazing than that?

"He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." -Isaiah 40:11


Kristen said...

What a comfort! Lydia, I am so encouraged at the testimony that the Lord is clearly speaking to your heart as you read His word. What a blessing! He is faithful to provide what we need each day!

Nathaniel M said...

Great post. It's amazing how caring God is to love me, wretch that I am.

And that He would speak through people, such as yourself. Keep up the writing!