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Jan
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Has God Forgotten About You?

Do you ever think that God forgets about you?  That He doesn’t see you in your trials and suffering?  That He pushed you to the back burner and is focusing on more pressing issues at the present time?  I’m sure that that is how the Israelites felt in their bondage and suffering in Egypt.  Look at verse 23 of Exodus 2:

During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. – Exodus 2:23 (NIV)

They had to be thinking, “Where is God?  He promised us that we would be His people!”  The next verse might be misunderstood:

God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. – Exodus 2:24 (NIV)

What does it mean that God “remembered His covenant?”  Did He forget about the Israelites?  The Hebrew word in this verse does not mean that God forgot about them and suddenly remembered that they were in slavery.  It means that He called His promises to mind.  He looked upon them and said that the time was right to do something about their plight.
It would be wonderful if God moved according to our timeline.  If when the first hint of trouble comes, God moves and removes it from our lives.  If when the least bit of a difficult trial or test rears its head, God would take it away from us.  But one of the things that I have learned is that faith doesn’t always grow when things are easy.  It is in the trials and the tests that we learn and grow and mature in our faith.  God may seem distant and silent, but He knows what we are going through.  He sees the trials and the suffering.  He is going to move and do something.  The time isn’t quite right yet.  Pray that your faith will grow in this test that you’re going through.  Pray and ask God for the strength to not only survive the test, but to have the power to grow through it.
 PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, I pray that You would move in my life today.  I ask that You would remove anything from me that is hindering my growth in You.  I ask  that You would make my paths straight today and keep me from wandering from Your side.  Give me strength to endure the trials and the troubles that today may bring.  In Jesus’ name I ask all of this, amen.

Exodus 2

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

The Birth of Moses

2 Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Moses Flees to Midian

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

20 “And where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”

23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

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