At this point in the story, the descendants promised to Abraham are numerous, fulfilling part of God’s promise. But they are not living in the land God said he would give them, and they are suffering under slavery and oppression in Egypt. They cry out to God, asking him to do what he has said. God is moved by their suffering and willing to rescue them. In a display of his mighty power and his unending compassion, he redeems and delivers them. God calls Moses to speak his words and lead his people. God doesn’t need Moses’ help, but he chooses to work in and through people as he brings about his redemption. Through these actions, we learn again the kind of God he is: gracious, compassionate, loving, merciful, kind, patient, responsive, and relational.
Questions: Where is there suffering in the world today that moves God’s heart to compassion? How might he be inviting you to be involved in his work of redemption?
Prayers: Redeeming God, your heart breaks for the suffering of your people and you are moved to action. Align my heart with yours so that I might respond to your invitation to be involved in your redemptive work.