This morning's post comes to us from CARE for AIDS intern Anna Wilke.
As we read in last week’s blog, Lent is a season where we pause to remember who we are, who our God is and what He has done for us. The book of Exodus, the story of God rescuing the Israelites and delivering them to the Promised Land, offers us a metaphorical picture of what waiting and relying on the Lord for our salvation looks like. The entire story of Exodus rests on God’s promise to His people, a promise He always remembered even when it felt to them like He had forgotten, and it points to how Jesus would later save us. The Lenten season is about waiting on our Heavenly Father and remembering what He has done for us.
All too often we don’t listen to the people around us. We zone out, we start forming our response while they are talking, and we forget the needs of those around us. Because we do this, we presume our God does the same. We assume He is either not listening to or doesn’t remember our prayers, and I imagine that after hundreds of years in captivity, the Israelites felt the same way. Through years upon years of oppression the Israelites endured hardships and cried out to God. They assumed, just like we do sometimes, that like humans, their God hadn’t heard or had forgotten their prayers. They felt unseen, unloved, and forgotten.
Thank goodness our God is not human. Our God listens to us, hears and remembers all our prayers, and offers freedom. The same God that gives freedom also gives perseverance, purpose, and peace while we are waiting. God’s ultimate will for His people was for them to be rescued and to see His promise to them fulfilled. His promise to the Israelites is His promise to us, “I will take you as my people and I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7). He is always active, always attentive, always remembering and always moving on behalf of His people. He hears and remembers. He is coming soon.