Have you ever been in a place in life where you have wondered if God was present, if He was listening, if He was even there?
For me it was when we experienced the near death of our son back in October 2010, when he was struck by a boulder at Fall Creek Falls. The circumstances that surrounded those fateful days sent us into an emotional, mental, physical…spiritual tailspin.
We didn’t have to wait long to see God show up. He made His presence known in so many ways. His love, His guidance, His hand, was always there, gently guiding us, comforting us, giving us what we needed for one more day, one more hour, even one more second.
I came across a verse today in my Bible reading that really stood out to me. It occurs in Exodus chapter 3. To give you a little background, it’s the story of the Exodus. Moses has already grown up and is on the run from Pharaoh. He’s lived in the wilderness of Sinai now for over 40 years. He’s married. He even has a child. Long past are the days he used to be a prince of Egypt. He tried to be a leader for his people when he struck the Egyptian taskmaster 40 years earlier, but he failed. Miserably.
But God remembered.
That’s the key phrase I want you to remember. Not only did God remember Moses and who He intended Moses to be, as a leader for His people, but God also remembered His people, who were suffering horrendous abuse as slaves in Egypt. Here is the verse that stood out for me today in my reading.
“The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.” – Exodus 3:7
Did you get that? God is concerned about their suffering.
And God is also concerned about your suffering too.
That’s what I discovered when I went through my own time when I thought God was not there. God was concerned about our pain, our tears, our anger, our fear, our loss. And one of the things that I have learned these last 4 years is that God is intimately concerned with all of us, especially in the times when we go through suffering.
That’s also what the Hebrews discovered when, after their time of slavery, God came to their rescue and sent Moses back to Egypt to set His people free. All the plagues of Egypt which give us a glimpse of the wrath of God, is the flip-side of the coin that reveals God’s valiant love toward those who are His children.
So to the woman reading this who has just had a miscarriage, God is concerned with your suffering. To the man who just found out that the test results came back and confirmed the worst, God is concerned about your suffering. To the parents who shutter in tears at night because of the choices of a rebellious child, God is concerned about your suffering. To the aged woman who is nearing the sunset of her years, God is concerned with your suffering.
One of the beautiful things about God is that He is never changing. He is forever eternal in His years, and eternally in love with us who are His. So know that the next time you feel that God is not there, that He doesn’t see what you are going through, remember that He is the God who is concerned about your suffering. He is there. He is present. And He will get you through.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you felt God wasn’t there? How did He reveal to you that He was there, and that He was concerned with your suffering? I would love to hear your stories below.