Topic: He Knows [DCLM Daily Manna 5 December 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-10 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows“(Exodus 3:7).
The following statement was found penned on the wall of a prison cell in Europe: “I believe in love even when I don’t feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent.” Someone asked C.S. Lewis, “Why do the righteous suffer?” “Why not?” He replied; “they’re the only ones who can take it.”
From our text, the Israelites grew in number after the death of Joseph. The new Pharaoh that emerged at the time conveniently chose to forget Joseph’s contributions to the Egyptian economy and his good legacy, deciding rather to punish Israel with a view to breaking their will and reducing them to slaves in the process. Israelites, now facing pain and agony under the Egyptian oppressors, cried out to God who responded by assuring them that He hears, He sees and understands the sorrows of men. He sent Moses as a deliverer because He remembered His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Many want to know why God allows suffering today. ‘If God is a loving God’, they say, ‘He would not allow natural disasters and wars that claim the lives of thousands’. The answers are not hard to find. God told Israel in Isaiah 59:1,2 that their iniquities had separated them from Him and made Him hide his face from attending to their cry. When Israel abandoned God and turned to idolatry in Egypt, the Lord allowed them to suffer at the hands of the Egyptian taskmasters, until they cried to the Lord in repentance.
Whatever we face today, we must understand that God sees, hears, knows and understands. He knows the oppressors and what they do to us. When we repent and turn away from our sins, He will protect and deliver us from all evils and make everything work out for our good and His glory.
Thought For The Day: You may go through a period of loneliness, but you’re not alone
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.