Day Four: Groans and Cries

Exodus 2:23 – During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.”

The Israelites were now at a point of utter misery and need. Up until now there is no mention of crying out. They were just coping with life even through all the oppression and dominance, they seem to just be going with it. But they have come the realization, they are no longer seeking a betterment of their lives, hoping for relief, but finally they cry out in desperation. They have come to the realization of the utter despair, their eyes were opened to the ultimate deprivation of oppression, and finally come to crying out in desperation, the cry for help.

What does it mean to cry out in desperation and how is it done? First there needs to be a clear understanding of what sin and the oppression does in our lives. The ultimate effect is bitterness, life void of God’s rescue and blessing. Then wake up to your senses and stop settling with how things are and stop just coping with the disappointments, and the wrongs in our lives. Crying out is not about volume or just an emotional cathartic experience, but with the entirety of your life in honest assessment before the Lord and crying out for His help and deliverance. Let’s ask ourselves this question, do you really care that God takes notice of you? Has God taken notice of you? Have you placed yourself in a position that God would take notice of you? This is our salvation, when God takes notice of us and intervenes by His power through the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Response: Lord, help me in my current situation. Lord help my family. Lord help me in my work. Lord rescue me and those I relate with. Holy Spirit, come and intervene in my life.

Song of Worship: Let’s proclaim together over our lives, if “death could not hold you the veil tore before you, you silence the boast of sin and grave”, then how much more has the Lord’s salvation won over the oppression of sin and it’s effects? “What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

– MK