"The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings." Exodus 3:7
In the beginning of Exodus, the children of Israel, now slaves in Egypt, began to increase in population. The multiplication of the Israelites worried the new king of Egypt so much that he feared the Israelites were becoming mighty and filling the land. As a result, taskmasters were placed over them to increase their labor and cause great affliction. Yet in the midst of the affliction they continued to increase in number causing fear to Pharaoh. After Pharaoh’s attempts to stop the multiplication of the Israelites failed, he increased the affliction and labor of the Israelites, which caused even greater distress.
In Exodus 3:7, God told Moses that He saw the affliction of His people in Egypt, He heard their cries, and He was aware of their sufferings. This verse sheds light into our Heavenly Father’s great compassion for His people. As the children of Israel faced great oppression that caused them much sorrow, God desired that the Israelites know that He was aware and He would deliver them.
God desired the deliverance of the Israelites so that they could worship Him at Mount Sinai. Although there were many plagues, signs, and wonders to demonstrate God’s mighty power to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians (chapter 9:13-17), these signs and wonders were also to increase the faith of the children of Israel (chapter 4:28-31). God was indeed concerned and He wanted the Israelites to know that He was more than able and willing to deliver them. This too was a testament to Pharaoh that God is more powerful than he and that God would, without a doubt, deliver His children (Exodus 10:1-3). As the Israelites saw the signs performed by Moses, they believed. Most importantly, chapter 4:31 mentions that when the Israelites heard of the Lord’s concern and that He saw their affliction, they bowed low and worshiped. To fulfill His promise of deliverance, God chose to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh.
You may be experiencing great distress, affliction, and much sorrow in your present circumstance(s). Please know that God is aware, He sees, He hears, and He is concerned. Like the children of Israel, cry out to God. In the midst of your circumstances, God, in His own way, will increase your faith by showing Himself as your Hope, your Peace, your Comfort, your Strength, your Provider, your Deliverer, your Redeemer, and your God. God desires that you - knowing that He sees, He hears, and that He is concerned – believe, bow low, and worship Him.
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,