Today’s AMI QT Devotional is written by Doug Tritton of Symphony Church.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
Crying Out Loud
During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
Do you know the saying “The squeaky wheel gets the grease?” According to Wikipedia, it’s a proverb used to “convey the idea that the most noticeable (or loudest) problems are the ones most likely to get attention.”
In this passage from Exodus, the people of Israel had a noticeable problem–despite having received the promise of God to inherit the land of Canaan, they were living in slavery in Egypt. Was God not faithful to His promise? Was He not powerful enough to take care of His people? I am certain that thoughts like these were swirling in the minds of the Israelites as they were forced to perform heavy labor, day in and day out.
Do thoughts like these ever swirl in your mind? Do you wonder at times if God is faithful or powerful enough to help you? That perhaps He has forgotten about you, or worse, abandoned you? During times of difficulty, it can be easy to think like this; and let me just assure you that such thoughts are normal. Thoughts like these do not condemn us, but what’s important is our response to such bleakness.
When we face troubles, it’s perfectly OK to be a squeaky wheel–to cry out to God, pleading for Him to listen. That was how the Israelites responded to their slavery – “[they] groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help.” Likewise, God invites our cries and groans because in our times of desperation, we demonstrate our utter dependence on Him. For indeed, we do need His help.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are a God who listens. Let us never think that You do not want to hear us cry out for help, to groan when in trouble. Lord, You truly are our ever-present help in time of need. Though our thoughts may feel overwhelming at times, help us to know that in You we find peace, that You are the One who can calm the storm in our minds. Come and bring Your peace, Lord!
Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 13-14