25th March 2014

A Cry for Help! 

“The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God. God heard their groaning and God remembered his covenant…”
Exodus 2:23-24 (NRSV)
 

The exodus from Egypt for Israel was a journey from slavery to freedom—from death to life, from the gods of the Egyptians to the God of Israel whom they had forgotten. In the midst of their cruel bondage the only thing that they could do was cry for help. The Egyptians made their lives a living nightmare, notice: “They made their lives bitter. They forced the Israelites to work hard to make bricks and mortar and to do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians were not merciful to them in all their painful work.” (Exodus 1:14 NCV).

Meanwhile a man called Moses was tending to the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, in the land of Midian a long way from Egypt. But Israel’s cry for help kicked off a chain reaction and God appeared to him in a burning bush, telling him: “I have seen the troubles my people have suffered in Egypt, and I have heard their cries when the Egyptian slave masters hurt them. I am concerned about their pain, and I have come down to save them from the Egyptians.” (Exodus 3:7-8 NCV). 

Sometimes all that we can do in the difficult and painful times of our lives is cry out to God! Sometimes a cry for help is the only option left for us, but a prayerful request to God never falls on deaf ears. His ears are always open to our cries, as David said; “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.” (Psalm 34:15). 

Christianity is also an exodus from slavery, a journey to freedom and a meeting with God. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and placed us in the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13). He has also seen our suffering and has had pity on us, as God said to Moses out of the burning bush; “I have come down to save them!” Many long centuries after this encounter Jesus came down to save us all; to deliver us from suffering and death and to give us eternal life; Jesus was given the task of rescuing us and as a result of his broken body and shed blood we have been delivered from sin, Satan and death. 

Now because of him, we are always within his reach; a long time ago the psalmist cried out: “You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest.  Every moment you know where I am…If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.” (Psalm 139:3, 9-10 NLT). Remember his great love; He is never far away—just a whisper and a cry!

Prayer
God of rescue and redemption, Christ of salvation and safety; reach out to all who are lost in deep waters; hear their cry and deliver them.
Amen
 

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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