Today’s AMI QT Devotional is written by Doug Tritton of Symphony Church.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
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.
Yesterday, as we covered the above passage in Exodus, I mentioned the American proverb “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”, meaning that the loudest cries best attract help. In the passage, the Israelites cried out loudly–in their prayers, in their groaning, in their desperation for God to return their freedom.
The reason we can be loud before God is that He is the One with the “grease” for our squeaking. What this passage tells us is that, after hearing the cries of the Israelites, God remembered His covenant with Abraham. It can be easy to read this and think, “Did God remember because He previously forgot about the covenant?” No, of course not! God does not forget. Rather, in the Hebrew mind, remembering was not about recalling something that was forgotten – it was actively responding to knowledge, which in this case, was the knowledge of the promise that God had made with the Israelites through their forefather Abraham.
When we declare that God remembers us, we are declaring that God actively responds to our cries and our groans, because He is faithful. God’s remembrance is a demonstration of His faithfulness to us; it’s why we cry and plead with God in the first place, because He is faithful to respond to us. Once, King Jehoshaphat, facing a huge enemy force, declared to the Lord: “We will stand before this house and before you—for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save” (2 Chron. 20:9). He did.
So, as we discussed yesterday, let’s bring our distress and desperation to Him, and let’s remind ourselves that we have a faithful God who listens, and more than that, responds to our cries.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You are a God who remembers us. You do not leave us to our own ways, but rather You remember us and respond to us. Lord, hear our prayers, hear our cries, remember us and Your promises to us. Come and bring Your deliverance, for we know You are faithful! Thank You, Lord, for You are the only One who can help us.
Bible Reading for Today: Joshua 15