Big Boys Don’t Cry

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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.  God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them. Exodus 2:23-25 NASB

The is a saying “big boys don’t cry”. That may be a nice sentiment, but crying out to God, is perfectly ok. There are times when all of us may wonder, ‘where is God’? ‘Does he see what I am going through’? It might be suffering a divorce, an illness, financial difficulty and loss of a job, or even the death of a loved one. It can feel like God has forgotten or abandoned us. But, He hasn’t. It just feels that way. While under bondage and suffering in Egypt, God’s people cried out and their sighs of despair rose up to God. He heard and He saw and He ‘took notice’ of them. In taking notice, God gave respect or credence to their situation and suffering. And He began to set them free through a deliverer name Moses! In the same way, God takes notice of us, and has provided Jesus as the deliverer and answer to our suffering. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He is the God of all comfort, who is able to comfort us in every affliction.

How close does God seem right now? Have I cried out to Him in such a way that He will ‘take notice’?

God, You are faithful… completely faithful. I am not. I see You moving as Your people (myself included) cry out. Oh, I am asking again to end the suffering from Covid19 and even our decisions that have hurt people. We need freedom and health and vitality restored. We need each other- in person. Also, Lord please take notice of my need to study and afford me the time and motivation. Please present a well fit wife for my son Keanu- even as you did for Isaac and Jacob. Thank you for this day. As a child, I humbly cry out to You, my heavenly Father.

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