Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.
The text here suggests God sometimes acts even when we do not ask Him to. It suggests He can act even when we are ‘groaning’ rather than praising Him and simply asking for His strength to carry on. He sometimes acts even when we are not dependent on Him. Having said that, we also must point out that there is no indication that all the Israelites were ‘groaners’. There is a possibility that God also heard the prayers and supplications of the faithful ones that had never forgotten Him and they cried to Him as an act of dependence and utter trust in Him as a Deliverer. Not unlike a child in distress calling out to his/her father.
I love the last portion of this passage. It implies that God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of long, long, ago. And because of that promise, God still saw the sons of Israel many years later, and takes notice of them. What promises of Scripture have you carefully claimed as applying to you as well? The good news is we can count on God to deliver, in His perfect timing. In the meantime, trust and obey.
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