Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 3

Israel Oppressed in Egypt

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Today's Text: Exodus 1:1-22, Exodus 2:1-25, Genesis 35:11-12, Matthew 2:13-23

Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-22, Exodus 2:1-25, Genesis 35:11-12, Matthew 2:13-23

To hear and remember are two different things altogether.

When I was young, and exceedingly rebellious, my parents would often call my specific species of disobedience “selective hearing.” But my excuse in return was often, “I know, Mom, but I forgot. I forgot to do what you asked. I forgot your rule. I forgot your request. I forgot to listen.” You moms know what I’m talking about. Whether it’s selective hearing, honest forgetfulness, or just plain old delayed obedience (which, as wise parents have told me is still disobedience), we’ve been coming up with excuses since history began.

To hear a thing and to remember it is a rare quality in all of us. We often hear the words people say but forget to be tender. Or we barely hear the words coming out of their mouths because we’re busy spending all of our energy coming up with some pithy words to say back. Far too often, we neither hear nor remember, and simply glaze over and zone out while others are talking. Our lack of attentiveness to the pain, needs, and preferences of others is apparent, and we don’t have to look far to find it. Worse still, it’s easy to project these human tendencies onto God, imagining He neither hears or remembers our prayers. But this is a distinctly human problem, there since the garden of Eden and the entrance of sin into the world.

What is staggering about this passage is amidst the trauma, murder, hurt, neglect, and systemic injustice the people of God were experiencing, God was still hearing their cries and remembering His covenant. He had not forgotten and was not deaf to their cries for help, rescue, relief, or home. “God heard their groaning; and God remembered his covenant” (Exodus 2:24). Even as the earthly and wicked leader grew old, frail, and died, God was still on His throne hearing, preparing, remembering, and moving on behalf of His people.

None of us are immune to pain this side of heaven; Christ assured us we would know sorrow in this world (John 16:33). We can probably all readily recall some recent and very real struggle in our own lives. Today, as we operate in our selective hearing of our Father or delayed disobedience to the Holy Spirit or constant forgetfulness of the work of Christ on the cross for us, let’s remember afresh that God never ignores us or forgets us. Our Father is a perfect parent and His Son is a perfect Son. He keeps His promises. He is always active, always attentive, always remembering, and always moving on behalf of His children.

On your behalf today, God hears and remembers. He is coming soon.

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Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, and tweets and instagrams at @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

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  • Marli Neel

    Lily this is so true for me as well and I’m sure many others. When I start listening to secular music again i can feel myself being less content with what God given me. I forget His faithfulness. His goodness. And I just feel different … not in a good way. I’m not sure why music does this for me but it does. It spirals me to a place I don’t like being. I’ve grown up around music my entire life and it just sticks to me more I guess. But I immerse myself in worship music to keep the focus on Him only and I truly feel different. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • I love this app! I am on my iPad and love the conversation and in-depth lessons . Thank you !

  • Audrey Fleming

    Thank you God that you remember my cries to you❤️

  • Michelle Emery

    “God saw the people of Israel and God knew.” He’s sees us in our pain, suffering and oppression. He hears and understands us.

  • Alexandra Wise-Ehlers

    Thankful God always hears my cries and sees my suffering. He has not forgotten me.

  • Natasha Smith

    I never noticed this before… The Israelites were slaves in Egypt and then later in Matthew, Joseph Mary and Jesus were told to flee to Egypt.

  • Bridget Stockrahm

    The last part of Exodus 2:25 really strikes me for some reason. “—and God knew.” God knows all, just like I can’t hide anything from Him intentionally, I can’t try to tell Him he won’t know and understand. Just like he knew the pain (and probably some joys too) in the lives of the Israelites, He knows the ups and downs in my life. He understands.

  • Amanda Montgomery

    Father, lead us away from selective hearing of what you have to say to us!

  • just as God heard the groaning of the Israelites then, He hears our groaning now. He still has ot forgotten His covenant.

  • Helen Piwiec

    The scriptures you choose for today’s lesson were just what I needed. Truly, our God never sleeps and he never slumbers and through all my sufferings he remembers. He brings comfort and is so faithful to me. Praise the name of the Lord!

  • Man, I wish I would have found this sooner. What an amazing group of people you all are.

  • Sarah Marshall

    Just like He was witness to the suffering of the Israelites, God is witness to all of the pain, injustice and suffering of His people now. I admit, sometimes I have to remind myself of that. God is still on the throne and none of our tears are wasted. He is always working on our behalf!

  • I need patience and to strengthen & deepen my faith. I feel like I’m losing that connection.

    • Rebekah Speirs

      Faith is a hard journey; I empathise with your struggle. Praying for patience for all of us, and continued growth even on the days we find it hard to connect.

  • This is one to remember when going through a hard time.

    “I am not forgotten, God knows my name.”

    And he hears my cries and He will fulfill His promise.

  • Peony Noirr

    Continue speaking to God. He hears, He remembers, and He will keep His promise to you.

  • Erynn Beebe

    He Hears and Remembers ❤️

  • Jennifer Howell

    It’s easy to forget that you are not forgotten! I pray for patience and joy in a season of waiting and discovery.

  • Rae Ann Smith

    What comfort it brings my heart to deeply know that God is always on his throne! Lord, please help me to hear and be obedient to you.

  • Sheila Busch

    Never forgotten, never ignored. How many times have I thought or said, “I just want someone to LISTEN to me” or “I feel like you don’t care about me”? How amazing is it that God always listens, that He keeps His promises, that He cares about me ALL THE TIME? It’s beautiful and wonderful, and I’m so fortunate to know God’s love is real and enduring and that He never betrays His promises. I watched a short clip of a sermon this morning that talked about the storms of life being God’s divine inspiration to show me a deeper, more meaningful view of God. This rings so true. Today, I want to focus on listening to God, feeling his never-ending love, and be obedient to what he asks from me.

    • EarlyBird

      I hear you. Most of the time I feel invisible, so I need to frequently remind myself that He loves me, knows my every thought and need, hears the cry of my heart, fills me, shelters me, chose me, holds me in the palm of His hand. Always and forever.

    • Ashley Hachey

      Amen!

  • Amy Harvey

    As a mom, I know all too well the anger and frustration that I have towards the disobedience of my own children. This devotion convicted me of my own disobedience to my Heavenly Father. I am thankful that He is patient and kind towards me. He is an example to me in my own mothering.

  • Audrey Gonzalez

    Thankful for this. Sometimes I feel like I’m waiting forever for an answer or for relief from suffering. Thankful that he’s always working even when I don’t see it. And he never forgets me. His timing is perfect.

  • Jennifer Anders Miller

    Two things occurred to me while reading the scriptures that don’t really have anything to do with the devotional, but I still found interesting. 1) Jesus and his parents had to actually go into Egypt for safety because their own land was perilous. This seems backwards from the Israelites, until we remember that before Moses, the tribes had come to Egypt because their own land could no longer feed them. It was for their survival that they migrated to Egypt! Of course, Matthew states that this was to fulfill God’s prophecy and I see that, I just didn’t see how Christ’s childhood journey was so much like that of the Israelites. 2) If Herod had all of the male Hebrews in Bethlehem and the region killed, does that mean the Disciples, assuming some of them were in the surrounding region of Bethlehem, were either older than Jesus or younger than him? Just wondering.

    • I also had similar thoughts about Jesus and Egypt today while reading too. Also Jesus’ disciples were all younger than him. I’ve heard some people say that Peter was the only one who was an “adult” because he had to pay temple tax. Just some thoughts!

    • Marytony Torres

      Interesting thoughts.
      Regarding the disciples… they were from a different region in Israel… most of them were called in Galilee (northern part of the Land), while Bethlehem is in the central region of Israel (close to Jerusalem).

  • Wow perfect timing in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. 17 killed and in such an awful way to be scared and then to have your life ended before it even begins. But the only solace we can find is that when those children were crying out for mercy they were met by a God willing to take away the pain.

  • Louise Fisher

    God hears you, He has not forgotten you. My pastor told me recently as I was recounting ways that I felt I missed out on life, but he told me that—maybe God had been protecting me all that time that I thought I was missing out. God never holds back good from us, He sees all the moving pieces and waits for His perfect timing.

  • Ruth Lorentz

    People around the world are praying! I saw an Instagram post asking for prayers on Monday and I’ve prayed every day since seeing it! Praise God and thankful that he hears us.

  • Heather Guzha

    I loved the draw between how not listening is a human thing not a God thing and we need to stop putting human tendencies on God. My heart draws close to school shootings as they are so many this year already. God knows, He hears.

  • Our Father is a perfect parent and His Son is a perfect Son.

    These words struck me tonight. I am an imperfect daughter but Christ is the perfect Son. Who He is is what matters above all.

    Thank you Jesus.

  • Karen Schrauwen

    This is so appropriate for us in South Africa today. We’ve been groaning under a very corrupt regime for a long time now. Billions of Rands have been stolen by the Guptas (now under investigation by the UK and FBI) and Jacob Zuma. Jacob Zuma resigned last night as President of SA after been pressured to resign by he’s own party. During his reign our currency was down downgraded to Junk status and millions of people suffered. Our parliament is based in Cape Town where we are experiencing the worst drought in a hunderd years. We have run out of water and we’ll be the first major in the city in the world to run out of water. We are currently in our dry season and on the 4th June, Day Zero, supply to the city and surrounds will be turned off.

    But, on Monday we had the most amazing rain storm where we experienced a down pour with lightning, thunder and hail (last 3 are very unusual to CT). We’ve had prayer days, people world wide interceding for our country and many many people praying and fighting the spiritual fight. God made a promise to SA (through many prophecies) that he will turn things around in 2018. And here we are. He is keeping His promise!!! He heard our groaning!!!!

    • Bella

      What a wonderful story! Praise God!

    • Kris

      Praise God! His love endures forever!

    • Amy Loflin

      Thank you for sharing this! I’m familiar with the drought in Burkina Faso, as I’ve been there and will be returning this fall, and have friends who live there. I will be praying for your area as well and praising God for each drop of rain! He is still on the thrown and very active. His promises are solid!
      -Amy, North Carolina

    • Heather Guzha

      To hear it first hand is amazing. My husband is from Zimbabwe-so South Africa is close to my heart too. Your country has been in my thoughts, but to be honest a distant thought when it comes up in the news. Now to hear of your leader resigning and a rainstorm, what an answer to prayer. May blessings continue to rain down on you!! ❤️ -Heather in Seattle

    • Jenn Byham

      Karen, thank you for sharing!

    • Kelley Fokey

      So, so happy to hear that God has listened to your pleas. He truly never forgets ❤️

    • Beth Vaccaro

      My heart cries with happiness over the storm that came through. Thank you for sharing and my continued prayers for South Africa to become the glory I know it can be.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks so much for sharing Karen. That’s so great to hear and we will continue praying for South Africa. We’re grateful to have you here! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Karen Schrauwen

      Thank you all! Yesterday was such a glorious day seeing how our new president interact with everyday South Africans. We truly believe that Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa is can turn things around as he is also a Christian. May God’s glory be revealed through him. We also trust that he will place righteous people in his cabinet and that our country will turn back to God.

    • Leah Nguyen

      Praise God, I will be praying for you and the community there. May the mighty acts of our God bring more people to him!

  • Dana Melvard

    It reminds me of a very old song… my deliverer is coming, my deliverer is standing nigh ….. He knows-and beyond that-He is moving even when I can’t see it. He is always in the process of setting us free – it may be on His time table or look completely different than we expected- but if we are willing to wait-He will make a way where there was no way!!!

  • thank you! ♡

  • Lori Jones

    What a great message. It’s nice to know that God always hears us, remembers, and loves us.

  • Jo Gistand

    What a great reminder. ❤️on this Valentines Day, that the GOD of love hears our every thought, prayer, and cry. he is not deaf to our pain or sorrow, rather he is working through us until we reach Heaven. I pray that I remember His promises as I face challenges in life.

  • Marvin Craig

    The Lord is ever faithful. No matter what you have done, His arms are always wide open. Ultimately it is all about coming back to Him. ;)

  • Alex Jenks

    I have heard this message for going on a week from different sources, that God hears and knows everything going on in my life and He is always near. Reading this message again puts things in perspective for me and an amazing reminder that the Almighty knows all, and is right with us. Call on Jesus, and He is right there.

  • Robyn ShumateWentz

    God always hears our cries…….❤️

  • Laura Bye

    Wow that is perfect! ❤️

  • Samantha McCulloch

    The peace and hope that are in these passages is incredible! What a loving Father we have that He heard, knows, and remembers us. Each and every one who seeks Him.

  • Melissa Hill

    Knowing that God hears and knows what’s going on is encouraging. Our church is going through some tough transitions and O know God is in control

  • Kristin L

    Considering how distracted and busy people are, we often just expect them to forget about us, our prayer requests, birthdays, whatever. My filter tempts me to project those ideas onto God too. Does He really hear, respond, care? The answer, of course, is yes. His timing is hardly ever ours but He sees, understands, and is involved in ways we can’t even comprehend.

  • Jane Andrews

    When I read “God saw the people of Israel, and God knew,” my mind started looking for the remainder of the sentence. God knew what? But then I saw so much depth and beauty just in that statement. “God knew.” He sees me, and He knows. He knows my hardships, struggles and hurts. He knows my joys and hopes. He knows the promises He has toward me and will not fail to deliver me. And He knows ME. He is such a good father.

  • Alishia Wright

    As someone who is super stressed out with work right now, this was awesome to hear and be reminded of.

  • Kendra Greve

    So comforting to know we have a God who will never abandon us. I am a momma of two small ones and reading in vs 8-10 that they went and found his mother to nurse him and then last once the child grew older, she brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. I don’t know why but this part really stood out to me…maybe because I have little ones. I cannot imagine having that bonding time of nursing your baby only to have to give him back. I cant imagine the pain that mother must of went through.

  • Heather N

    I love that the start of Lent (time for remembrance) begins on St. Valentine’s Day this year. May we all set our hearts to loving others while we remember how much God loves us through his faithfulness.

  • Kathryn Kamin

    God, please hear my groan! Comfort me and my family.

  • Meghann BeilHooper

    So powerful. So thankful to serve a God who never waivers in anything for his children. ❤️

  • For me, this is all about the midwives. They put themselves in danger to bring new life into the world and God rewarded them. Also, God was working, even then, to save His people. Without the midwives, the people would not have multiplied, so even back then, the midwives were all a part of the plan. God sees with a wide arc, this is helpful for me today to know.

  • Samantha McEvoy

    Just YES! We may not always remember His covenant, but He does, and he works steadfast to remain true to His word. What an amazing God we have ❤️

  • Kimberly Foshee

    Such a beautiful word for today! He listens and remembers! He is forever weaving together a beautiful tapestry for our lives!! Such a sweet blessing!! ❤️

  • I find myself in a period of waiting this week. in my payer time this morning I had to remind myself that, although this time seems big to me, i am only seeing a small portion of the picture. I believe that God has opened a door for me, and just because what is on the other side is not what I expected, it doesn’t mean it is not good. I have faith that God can see the whole picture, that he has not forgotten me, and that He is working in the waiting. a good reminder from the word this morning to relentlessly pursue God’s calling, even when we can’t see how it will work out. we have a Father who calls His children to freedom and will lead us every big or small step of the way.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Joy, thank you for sharing. We are praying for continued encouragement during this season of waiting for you. We’re grateful that you’re a part of our community! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Brittany Couch

    This is exactly what I needed this morning. Lord you are so personal, thank you.

  • Ex. 1:8 says the new king did not know about Joseph, and it seems that the rest of the court and the people of Egypt had forgotten about him as well, and forgotten about the God he served. However, God had not forgotten his covenant with His people and appointed a new leader among the slaves, Moses. Joseph used to be the beacon to the Israelites, but now God gave them Moses. God will always give us something to remind us of his goodness. Proverbs 4:25 tells us to look straight ahead. Focus on what God has placed in your path. Focus on his promises. On his redemption. On his mercies. Focus, knowing that God heard the groaning of His people then, and he still hears them today.
    Today, I’m focusing on his word, and the redemption I know is coming to the Israelites. Praise God for listening to us and acting on our behalf.

  • Tawnie Moore

    So interesting to see in the beginning that the pharaoh was afraid and when he acted out of fear, trying to oppress the people and even kill them, they still grew greatly. I thought, how often when we act out of fear that it never makes the problem better but rather multiplies it.
    Yet, even then, God saw His people. And while they had no idea He was working for them (preparing Moses), He was still moving for them and working out their plan of redemption. Man, I pray I would be able to cry out to God that deeply and trust He hears me and is moving just as much.

    • Shirlie

      This struck me too..that the oppression came because of fear. My workplace can be a difficult place to be and when I read this, I instantly thought of work. Even through the opression, God blessed them by increasing their number. He was watching, listening and remembering His promises. I need to remember that He sees what’s happening in my workplace too, that He hears our cries and that He will answer. Thankful that my God is a promise keeper!

  • God’s timing with today’s devotional is perfect (as usual) and it was the reminder I needed spoken to my heart. My marriage is going through an extremely rough patch and I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few weeks crying out to God for help, for guidance, for peace.. for anything, really. I’ve felt alone and abandoned by Him a few times because of everything going on so when I read “let’s remember afresh that God never ignores us or forgets us”, it gave me peace. He IS there.. He DOES hear me. He KNOWS what I’m going through. It’s a piece of hope I needed that things will eventually get better and eventually, my wandering through the wilderness will come to an end.

    • Lydia

      Praying for you Renee! Put your name in my planner and will remember you this week! He is there and He is working for you!

      • Rhonda

        When I was going through my divorce, I remember at a couple years past saying, “I know I’m in the valley, and I know it will be better on the other side, I just wish I would hurry up and get there!” I knew, and I believed God would deliver good things if I was prayerful and waited, BUT IT’S SO HARD!! It was about 6 years later, and many trials in that, but I did grow so much closer to God, and found the man of my dreams and married now for 7 years. It’s hard to work it out when you are in the challenges, but I found journaling and listening to Christian music stations, and being more in prayer to be real life changes for me!

        • Renee

          I have been saturating my life in the word and have repeated 1 Peter 3:1 almost daily (although he is a believer, too). Kari Jobe.. I wish I could shake her hand and give her a hug; her music has been like therapy for me! I’m working on shifting my prayers from begging and asking for things to purely praising Him and that has helped change my attitude a little. I’ve got to believe that thru this ‘refining’, that He’s working out something truly amazing. That’s sometimes the only thing that keeps me going. I appreciate the prayers, Lydia, and the encouragement, Rhonda!

    • Em

      In a marriage covenant, God always keeps his part!!! He is faithful and powerful to restore any heart that comes to Him. He restored my marriage!

  • Leigh AnneAkey

    God is love, in that while we were sinners, He sent His Son to be the ultimate and perfect sacrifice. This insured that we might accept this gift of salvation through faith in Him.

  • Wendy McSwain

    Thank you for the reminder that Jesus is coming soon! As a child, this felt very immediate and near. As an adult, I’ve been lulled to sleep by circumstances and the culture. Jesus is indeed coming soon and I need to be watchful and waiting!

  • Julia MacCready

    It is my default to feel as though God loves me more when my life is going well, but I’m reminded that my circumstances are not a reflection of Gods love for us. He is hearing and working and loving even in the midst of hardships and trials, such as what the Hebrews we’re experiencing in Egypt. Praise Him for being such a loving God!

  • Sabrina Michelle

    Just to remind us on this Valentine’s Day that our God never forgets His promises to us. He moves on our behalf and hears all of our prayers. Our Father is Love.❤️

  • Blair Onyekanne

    I think I could have read Gen 2:25 over and over this morning. “God SAW the people of Israel–and God KNEW.”

  • Sometimes things just don’t connect with me, God knows this. It’s why I have often asked that He provide “neon signs” when I’m needing direction, slight things can easily get missed with me. Since I’ve known Jesus I have always had the occasional dream that has come true. It may not be immediate and never in the way with which I dreamt but still it becomes reality. That said, for a long time I never understood the purpose of them, or what to do about them, what God was wanting me to see in them. Sometimes they were simple ones, I’d dream the power would go out, wake up and ten minutes later the power would in fact go out, or I’d dream that a friend’s dog was going to find a hole in our fence and run out and I woke to my husband calling me to the very same reality. It wasn’t as if I had time to take into account either of those dreams, which is what hurts my heart over one dream in particular. One Sunday night I dreamt that my sweet father passed away, woke to a horrible feeling and went into work mulling it over. Even sharing it with a colleague, talking at length about how I didn’t know what my Mom would do if that ever became a reality. It was a dream that stuck with me all day, until life took over that afternoon and my schedule went a little crazy, even when I got home and before I knew it I was dropping into bed. I usually spoke with my parents most nights, especially the days I didn’t see them but that Monday night just didn’t allow for the time and my “busy” made me quickly forget. Looking back, I wish I would have listened to my heart in it and maybe what God was trying to prepare me for. I wish I wouldn’t have tried so hard to figure it out but instead just picked up the phone to talk with my Dad and say, “Hey, you know what crazy thing happened … Oh and yeah, I love you Dad. So greatly!” I often wish I wouldn’t have callously thought, “It was nothing, I’ll get to it later” …. because that Tuesday my Dad didn’t make it home from a quick business trip and I would receive a frantic call from my worried Momma that evening, we knew something was wrong. I’ll never forget the excruciatingly long ride to their house that night and arriving to a strange man standing at their door, my heart sunk because I knew instantly who he was and recalled my dream. The rest of the night I sat wrapped in my Dad’s blanket, sitting in his chair wondering how I could be such an idiot but also confused why God would allow such a dream if there was nothing I could do about it. I found peace in my Father’s death for him but it was awhile before I could offer myself grace and honestly God was good enough to let it come with another couple of dreams about my Dad. Reality is those dreams aren’t for me “to do anything” with or about them necessarily, sometimes they are just little gifts from God because He knows all is quiet and still there for me and it’s a good way to reach me and He loves me enough to say, “Hey, Bets, something is coming down the pike and it’ll be painful and hard but I’ll be here the whole way.” Thing is I am often slow and I don’t always know which dream is one of those dreams, they are rare, and I can easily beat myself up because I just don’t always get things right away but I know that God has grace for me and I know that He is still all these years refining me and figuring out ways to speak to me. I pray daily that He open my eyes, my ears, my heart, my head to His voice. That my tendency to overthink doesn’t keep me from acting in obedience and that I seek Him immediately when I’m confused, and that when I’m gifted one of those that I take the time to stop and love on the people around me, I don’t have to know if a dream is real to know that each day is a good day and that loving on those in your life important! Prayerful that I hear without regard and act in obedience without thought!

    • Deborah Craytor

      Joining you in your prayer. I also worry about whether I am missing God’s messages to me and want those neon signs. I didn’t have a prophetic dream, but I also was “too busy” to spend time with my mother. She had COPD from a lifetime of smoking, and I was so angry at her for that since I spent my entire life trying to get her to stop. She came to visit us for Christmas, and I should have realized how sick she was because she asked me to rent an oxygen machine for her. I rented the machine, but when she asked to sleep downstairs on the sofa, rather than upstairs in the bedroom I had prepared for her, I insisted she go upstairs because she always slept with the TV on, and my husband and I didn’t want to be kept awake by it. The day she was scheduled to drive home, she told me that she didn’t think she could make the 8-hour drive by herself; I glibly told her that one of my daughters would take her. Later that morning, she had trouble breathing; we called an ambulance, and she was admitted to the hospital. Now, understand that my vacation from work each year is the two weeks around Christmas. I didn’t want to “give up my vacation” to sit with my mother every day in the hospital, plus I still had the mental attitude of “well, she brought this on herself, so she shouldn’t expect me to spend my vacation in the hospital with her.” To make a long story slightly shorter, they were never able to remove the breathing tube, so she died at the end of the week without my ever getting to hear her voice again. At least I got the opportunity to say goodbye, but I beat myself up to this day, five years later, for being so selfish and essentially abandoning my mom when she needed me. I know she is with God now; I know that God has forgiven me; and I hope that Momma has forgiven me, too, but I’m not sure I will ever forgive myself. I shouldn’t need a sign from God to treat my family with love every day.

      • Sarah Gallardo

        Oh, sweet sister in Christ, you need to forgive yourself. As you said, God has forgiven you, and no good will come from you holding onto guilt. Imagine your own daughter hurt you. After she repented and asked forgiveness would you want her to beat herself up forever? I’m sure not. Your mother would not want this from you either. Seize the freedom from your sin that Jesus offers and live your life fully!! Much love to you. ❤️

      • ~ B ~

        Deborah, my heart hurst for you. My mother was also a heavy smoker and as she aged, this certainly overshadowed some of our experiences with her, and I can recall moments I am still regretful over prior to her death. I, too, wish I had done more with my Mom, one of which, she was in a nursing home and begged me to bring her home with me to another city each time I visited and each time I had to leave her to head home to my little people and husband. She was so lonely, looking back I wish I would have just found a way but yet again, God has allowed me to feel grace over it and I know my Mom knew I loved her, as I am certain your Mom knew that as well. When we lose parents, as we are adults, it is so easy to see everything we do that is wrong, the enemy loves to dangle them in front of our faces and all the good times fall to it … but they are still there. I am prayerful that God will provide relief from your grief, I know it’s not something that isn’t easily come to on our own. Deborah, you are not alone, and from one woman missing her Momma to another, I will be praying daily that you find peace. Much love to you my sweet sister in Christ!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi B, thank you so much for sharing. We are praying for you now- to hear without regard and act in obedience. Grateful to have you here! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Alexis

      B, God speaks to me in dreams too. I had a dream of being in a dusty house, boxes all around and there was so much sorrow. In the dream, my dog Roxcii was gone, my mom was gone and there was sobbing in the background. I woke up from that dream in distress, and was relieved that my dog was sleeping on my bed and I was in my own room. My mom was diagnosed with cancer months later. When she died three years later and I entered her house, the house looked exactly like the house in my dream. We had lost our previous house due to her medical complications, our dog was stolen and we had to pack my mom’s 2100 square foot house into 1200 sq feet, which explained all the boxes in the dream. The sobbing I had heard in the dream…it was me, as I was sobbing as I entered her house. That dream to this day gives me chills and comfort: God was preparing me for the loss of my mother. He knew how hard it would have been for me to lose her, but I am so thankful that he warned me, even tho I did not understand the dream at the time. I now follow my dreams closely, and pay attention to those I can’t forget.

      • ~ B ~

        Oh, Alexis, do I understand. I’m so glad that you were able to keep the dream with you and that it allowed you to color the experience with both a peace and closeness to your Mom. It still amazes me that God loves us so much He would find such incredible ways to speak to us and helps us, long before we know we will need it! I am sorry that you lost your Mother, as well. It is a pain that is indescribable for most. To this day, 7 years later, I grieve my own Mom.

  • Churchmouse

    So much opposition in the readings today : the Egyptians vs. Israelites, Pharaoh vs. the midwives, Moses vs. the Egyptian, the Hebrews vs. Moses, the shepherds vs. the Midianite daughters, Herod vs. the baby boys in Bethlehem. And Joseph’s young family forced to flee for their lives twice. Crisis upon crisis. Yet God had not abandoned His people – the crises were used for His divine purpose. Crises are pawns in God’s hands and His next move is always in favor of His people. I pray I remember this when opposition comes. May I regard the opposition as an opportunity to both trust in God and watch for Him to work. In a crisis I may feel alone and abandoned by that is not the case. God hears. God sees. God knows. God acts for my good and His glory. Help me to remember.

    • Lydia

      I love this, thank you for sharing. Hadn’t directly made the connection with all of the opposition. God gave me a a verse years ago that has since helped me take on adversity – James 1:2-3 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.’
      To me, it’s almost a challenge of ‘Okay God, let’s see what you and I can get through together, and show me how big you are’.
      Thank you again, for sharing. Thank the Lord he is over IT ALL!

  • Gina Glennon

    I am very excited over this Exodus study because as I have been struggling with much anxiety on many levels as my husband and I prepare to downsize and retire, I began to see God’s tender care in the study of this book. How much I need to remember this amazing God of mine who never forgets His covenant promises to His children. I can rest and trust in His leading and His provision along the way and I also know I will need to be on guard to not give in to grumbling as His provision may be different from MY idea of what that looks like. Oh, the joy of God’s presence in His word for me, for us, today, forever! Hallelujah!

    • Deborah Craytor

      “I will need to be on guard to not give in to grumbling as His provision may be different from MY idea of what that looks like.” Yes, yes, yes! We too are contemplating retirement, and I am constantly worried about whether we will have sufficient money to do everything I want to do, forgetting that what I want may not be what He wants. Such a hard truth to keep in mind!

  • Eustacia Sloan

    Reading this at this moment on this day was perfect. I woke up this morning feeling frustrated and overwhelmed and the growing to do list and should have done already list and found myself feeling overwhelmed but determined not to breakdown. I began praying and basically my prayers came down to simply, “Lord, I need your help.” Although I know He is there and is with me, it was so sweet to see it in black and white. To be reminded that “On your behalf today, God hears and remembers. He is coming soon.” Being reminded that he keeps His promises and that He is always active , always attentive, always remembering, and always moving on behalf of His children.
    Today I walk in childlike faith, believing that He is all of that for me and that He will help me today. The word of truth brings such peace. The lists haven’t changed from when I woke up, but I just rest in knowing that God hears and will help me remember what I need to remember and help me clear my thoughts enough to be productive and accomplish what He would have me accomplish in this day, nothing more, nothing less and rest in that. He’s got me. He’s got you too!

    • Liz

      Eustacia, thank you for your comment. I really needed to read your words today as you wrote exactly what I was feeling. Your hope and and reliance on the Father has given me the words to pray to him to ask him for help. All the “shoulds” and running has pulled me under water and it’s asking the Lord for help that lets me breathe. Thank you for writing!

  • Rochelle Holman

    The part of this story I love is the obedience of the midwives and how God even blesses them despite the fact that they lied to the Pharoah to save the Hebrew boys. They were obedient to the point of risking death. “If anyone loves me He will keep my word and my Father will love him.” John 14:23

    • Susan

      They were obedient even to the point of being ridiculed. They were obedient even to the point of losing their job. They were obedient even to the point of being persecuted. They were obedient…

  • Kelly Chataine

    God hears our prayers and remembers our covenant through the blood of His Son.
    God hears my prayers and remembers our covenant through the blood of His Son.

  • Melissa Stewart

    Reading these sweet comments made just minutes ago and I’m moved to tears to be reading and sharing God’s word with sisters in Christ I may never meet this side of heaven. God’s family is so vast and his love knows no bounds. Praise Him!

  • Jessica McCreary

    It’s good to know that God listens and remembers me!!

  • Carole Cannon

    I think what I take away from this is ” God hears and remembers” . I am so thankful for His memory – it is perfect – not littered with the 100 other things in our minds just to keep our life together. As I step back today and remember what He is bringing us – not out of – but bringing us into – I pray for peace – simplified thoughts so I can remember His faithfulness. I love that His love cannot be undone or outdone on this first day of Lent that falls on Valentines!

    Just wanted to share something else. My daughter has 3 girls under the age of 6 so sometimes ( most of the time ) our conversations go to them. We do not live in the same town. 3 years ago we started doing the same bible study – different ones at different times – on a designated night we talk after the girls go to bed we talk and go over what God is teaching us and how we can pray for each other. It has been wonderful- so mothers – daughters- I encourage you- ask your mother or daughter to study the Bible with you and see what He teaches you❤️

    • Susan

      My daughter and I began studying the Bible together also last August. We completed a Beth Moore study on Esther and hers on David, as well. Now, we are studying the Patriarchs. We meet on FaceTime once a week and discuss what we’ve been learning. It is wonderful!

    • GramsieSue

      How sweet! I have three grown daughters and I would love to do this study with them! I’m going to talk to them about it today! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel Barrios

    The parallels of the story of Moses and the story of Jesus just blow my mind! I love how God was purposeful in the foreshadowing of the Old Testament stories to the New Testament life of the birth, life, and death of our Savior. As if while God is writing this beautifully woven story in the lives of the OT He’s saying, “…wait for it”

  • Hannah Shaw

    Convicted to listen wholly and completely to others.

  • Kristine Loughman

    I was struck today by the passages from the New Testament, specifically how often Joseph husband of Mary was given dreams. I rarely think of Joseph. He’s overshadowed in the arc of the story by Mary and her faithfulness and obedience. But wow, God didn’t leave Joseph out! As the leader of his little family, he listened faithfully to God’s voice and commands, he was ready to believe the dreams and instructions he’d been given. He could have complained about being saddled with a pregnant virgin (I mean, really?!), he could have balked at move after move to flee crisis. But God was gracious to make His presence known to Joseph, to show him he was not forgotten in this crazy narrative. I don’t know, it really struck me today. We humans have no idea how big the plans of God are, how much He orchestrates in our behalf.

    • Ashley Lain

      Yes!! I thought the same. Also, I can’t imagine how exhausting it would be to have to move that many times. I’m sure in the back of Mary’s mind she thought, “again?!” Haha

    • Kacey Holley

      Great insight. I have read this part of the many times but it never dawned on me that in all of this Joseph was obedient. He didn’t have to be. He could have walked away. But God showed up for him time and time again. Makes me think, whose Joseph am I? In whose life is God showing faithful to me by my obedience.

    • Jenny Yahn

      Yes! He was a great example of a leader of a family, a true man. I honestly was disappointed when I watched The Star movie at Christmas. Even my 10 year old noticed that they kind of made Joseph a bumbling idiot that was just along for the ride. Our culture does this to men often, and I think as women it’s important to see men in this positive role.

    • Betsey Carges

      It made feel pretty convicted. How can I not listen to God when Joseph did so in situations and times that are way worse than what I go through? He married a pregnant virgin. He left and took his family in the middle of the night to flee Herod.

    • Marlene

      Thanks for sharing that! I never thought about it this way and it’s so true. He could have easily said this isn’t what I want to do not my responsibility, but he accepted God’s will for him. I could really learn from Joseph. Thank you for pointing his importance out!!

  • Waiting…never been good at that but for the last 2 1/2 weeks my husband and I have been waiting for him to have major, major open-heart surgery to fix a valve and an aneuyrsm. These 2 weeks of waiting have been both the worst and the best two weeks of my life. The worst part has been just the heart-stopping terror that I feel every time I think about what is going to go on during the surgery, all the things that can go wrong, the long recovery…I have been so scared it’s been hard to breathe. BUT GOD…He has been so faithful and so trustworthy and has taught me so much. Be in the moment. Stop looking down the road to things that may not ever happen. Trust Him – trust that He is going before us – parting waters and moving mountains. He is working in ways that I cannot see. He has taught me that suffering doesn’t mean He’s forsaken us. Sometimes more is going on in the heavenly realm than we can know. He is good, no matter what lie the circumstances may scream at me. He is teaching me to wait well. He never ignores us and He never forgets us. It has been an incredible time.
    Roger’s surgery is scheduled for 7:30am, Friday morning, in Chattanooga, TN. It has been such a comfort knowing that he is being lifted before the throne by Christian sisters all over the world. Your words of encouragement have been such a blessing. I will keep you posted.
    Be blessed and wait well!

    • Nancy

      Praying for Roger’s successful surgery and complete recovery and your peace during the process.

    • Brandi

      Thank you for this. Needed these words this am. Continuing in prayer for you and your husband.

    • anne

      Kathy, praying for Roger’s healing….for the surgeons and medical team while they work on him, for his recovery and for a peace of mind for you that God has all of you.

    • Churchmouse

      Daily prayers have been said and will continue. Thank you for letting us walk alongside you in petition for you. Praying peace for all and a perfect outcome.

    • Deborah Craytor

      I’ve been praying for y’all every day, too, and will continue to do so. I want to share something with you. When you first told us about Roger’s upcoming surgery, one of the things you asked us to pray for was that God would use your experience to count for God’s kingdom. I was so amazed by that request that I actually wrote down your words on my calendar: “I want God’s glory to shine through every moment that we walk this path. I want people to be changed. I want to be a shining example of a woman who is well-loved by her Papa God. I want people to look at us and say ‘I want whatever it is that they’ve got.'” At first, I just prayed for exactly what you asked, but as the days have gone by, I have been talking to God more and more. Thank you, thank you, thank you for reviving my prayer life!

    • GramsieSue

      Excited to see how God works in your lives through this! It looks like He’s already working! Praying always! ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kathy, thanks for sharing. We’re praying for your husband now -for a successful surgery! We’re grateful to have you a part of our community! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Morgan

      Sending up prayers for you and Roger.

  • Reading today’s entry reminds me of the beautiful hymn called ‘Trust and Obey’.

  • It’s comforting to be reminded that I am seen and heard by God.

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