“So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.” (See also 3:7)
The longer people suffer while they (and we) pray for relief, the more it may appear that God is indifferent. ‘Doesn’t He care?’ Well, the Bible describes life as it is, and what this passage assures us is that God is concerned, even when it may appear that He isn’t. But He moves according to His own time-table and not ours.
As we conclude chapter 2, I think you will find this a helpful quote from Tom Hale:
‘God hadn’t forgotten His promise – as we humans often do. When God “remembers,” it means He has decided that it is time to act (Genesis 8:1).
As God looked down on the Israelites and was concerned about them (verse 25), He was responding (as Moses had done) to people in distress. But He was also responding to His own word, His own promises. He had told Abraham that after his descendants had suffered (in Egypt) for four hundred years, He would punish the nation they serve as slaves, and that afterward they would come out with great possessions (Genesis 15:13-14). Now the time had come for the deliverance of the descendants of Abraham.’ ‘The Applied OT Commentary,’ p.209.
PRAYER: Lord please give me the faith that trusts your Word, and the patient that trusts your timing.
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