"'I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free.'"
Thoughts for Today:
I read a story recently about a man who awoke in the middle of the night to smoke so thick in his home he could hardly breathe. It was the night following the Christmas program at his church -- his parents had attended so they spent the night -- and fire had erupted as a result of candles that were accidentally left burning. As he made his way, stumbling and coughing down the hall to his three children's room, He prayed "Lord, if it be your will, let us survive the night." Just before he was overcome by the smoke and heat, a man grabbed his arm -- who he thought was his father -- and guided him to each of the three children's room. All escaped with their lives including his parents. As the story was recounted to the firefighters (who were amazed that anyone had survived considering the intensity of the blaze), his father denied helping him save the children. His parents explained they had been staying in the guest room on the first! floor and had been unable to make it up the stairs due to the flames. The firefighters thought it must have been an "unsung hero," perhaps a neighbor, who upon seeing the smoke had entered the house. The man was convinced it was an angel.
Questions to Ponder:
How "real" is God to you? Do you think God cares about you and your life in a tangible way? Most of us would like to think that God would "come down" or send an angel to help us if our lives were on the line, but what about regular stuff? I know a woman who has health problems yet refuses to get a handicap sticker (she thinks others have greater needs than hers). Instead when she goes to the store, she always prays for a parking spot close to the front -- I have never been with her when the Lord has failed to answer her prayer. Maybe the reason God isn't answering your prayers is because you aren't praying. That's what "groaning" is (from verse 34) -- praying. How can you begin to see God as real and present each and every day of your life?