God’s people had become slaves in Egypt. Moses was still tending sheep in the desert. The people were groaning under their heavy work load and crying out to God for rescue. In just two short verses, we find the kind of God we all long for.
And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. ~Exodus 2:24-25
Firstly, God heard their cries. Of course he heard. He hears and knows everything, right? This is not a mere audible sound going into the ears of God, though. The text implies that this “hearing” is one of response. God always hears, but after much suffering and slavery as these desperate cries go up to Him, God now prepares to act on behalf of his people.
The text also records that God “remembered” his covenant promise to these particular people. Had God ever forgotten? Of course not. The author means to convey that God has taken special notice of his pleading people and he is preparing to act on account of his own faithfulness – not theirs. God remembers and keeps his promise to these people because of who he is and who they are to him – not because they deserve his mercy.
Finally, we learn that God “saw” them and “knew.” God never went blind. These was never a time in all four hundred years they spend enslaved in Egypt that God misplaced his people. The implication is that God’s eye was turned toward their need as they cried out to him. He knew them as his very own children. He felt compassion toward them and sought to rescue them. He looked upon them as the very apples of his eye and he knew well their pain.
When pain and suffering are laid heavy upon us it is good to know that Our God is not deaf, forgetful, blind, or ignorant to our needs. He hears us. He remembers us. He sees us. He knows us. He always hears, remembers, sees, and knows us, but there is an appointed time for his deliverance. It is often not as quickly as we prefer, but he is always faithful. He is faithful because of who He is – not who we have been – and he will surely respond to our cries in his appointed time. Keep praying.