ReDiscovering Lent-March 15

March_1515 March – Connie Fairchild, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships – God responds to the suffering of His people

Exodus 4

In Exodus 3, Moses and God had an extraordinary conversation at a burning bush. God assured Moses that He had heard the prayers of the Israelite slaves and pledged His readiness to deliver them. Now, in chapter 4, God asks Moses, then Aaron, then a leadership team, and, finally, the Hebrew people to respond to an extraordinary plan.

Exodus 4:29-31 describes the response: “Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel; and Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.”

The people of Israel were owned, used, and abused by other people. They were forced to give away their hopes, their time, their very strength. They were a people trapped and bound by ruthless political and social systems. Their lives were short and painful, without opportunity for self-fulfillment. They could have no dreams.

Into their grinding existence stepped a timid man and his brother, backed up by a visit from God.

The same God who “looked on the affliction of the children of Israel” pays attention to misery today. The same God who picked Moses and Aaron chooses local leaders today – in the midst of suffering – to guide their people to healing and hope. The same God who “visited the children of Israel” steps into our world today.

As you quiet your heart and contemplate the plight of too many refugees, widows, slaves, orphans, and destitute people, will you choose to believe that God has a rescue plan involving both you and the most vulnerable? Do you hear His words? Do you recognize His signs? Will you bow your head and worship?

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