About the author: Jennifer and I have been serving with the Navigators since 1997, first in China and for the last 8 years in Mongolia. We have two adopted Chinese children who are now grown. It was through our children that God grabbed out hearts for China. We grew up in Chicago and spent five wonderful years in Indianapolis prior to going overseas.
The focus of our ministry is to advance the gospel of Jesus into the Nations through spiritual generations of laborers. In Mongolia, we lead a group of first-generation believers. Our work is to disciple them that they in turn will do this with others and in this way see God’s Kingdom grow (Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2). We’re especially excited about the Tibet-Buddhist Belt which is home to 22+million people in the region of Northern India, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Nepal. Most of them have never heard the name of Jesus. Please pray that the Good News of Jesus will reach their hearts.
Today's Scripture: Exodus 2:24-25
And God heard their (Israel’s) groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel-God knew (ESV)
Imagine what it was like for Israel as Egyptian slaves. Because of their responses, it is apparent that they do not want to be in that situation. It was burdensome and a hardship on them. I would want a change as well. And so Israel groaned and cried for God’s help. They wanted to be rescued.
And there are four things we learn about God and his response to Israel:
- God heard their groaning (vs. 24)
- God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (vs. 24)
- God saw the people of Israel (vs. 25)
- God knew (vs. 25)
There is a connection between what God experienced with his senses and what it caused him to do. God heard Israel’s groaning and remembered his covenant with them. God saw and knew what was happening to them and how to act.
As you consider your current situation, it may be a struggle. How does knowing that God hears you and sees your plight affect your thinking and actions about your circumstances? What is the Good News in this passage? How does this passage deepen your faith and dependence on God?
Thanks that you are a God of compassion who hears and sees my life as no one else can. Please act in accordance with your will and character to mold and shape me into the kind of person who trusts in you, even in the darkest of times.
In Jesus Name,
One of the things that Jennifer and I have returned to after many years is solving puzzles. It’s been fun and we have rediscovered how much we enjoy doing this activity together. We also enjoy going on late afternoon walks before dinner. Great way to meet the neighbors!