Summary: A sermon examining those times when we question if God as abandoned us.
Is God There And Does He Care?
Have you ever been at a point in your life where you questioned God? Of course we all have! There are times when we feel like God is a million miles away. We find ourselves so consumed with grief or troubles and we wonder if He cares at all! Let’s just be honest, there are things that happen in this life that we simply don’t understand. We don’t understand why a young father loses his life at an early age. Why is a husband, father and grandfather is taken from us without notice? Why does mother with 2 young children die in an automobile accident? Why was the drunk driver that killed them able to walk away without a scratch. Why do tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes occur and hundreds are left dead and thousands are injured and homeless? Why do we face financial struggles and can't seem to get ahead? Why dud those test results come back positive and our lives are changed forever? There are many things that we don’t and won’t understand.
God’s people have faced difficulty throughout history. As we arrive at our text we see that God’s people are in bondage and facing some terrible times. There is no doubt that they too questioned if God really cared about them! As we read these few verses we will see not only is God there but also that He does care!!! Exodus records one of the greatest miracles in the Old Testament, The deliverance of The Children of Israel from Egypt.
- God calls His servant Moses to accomplish this great task - v1 ¶Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
- The burning bush was not consumed - v2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
- Moses was afraid – v4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
- God comforts Moses concerning His people - v7 ¶And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
There are some truths in these verses that may help those who feel all alone. Join me as we ask the Question “ Is God There And Does He Care?”. The bible makes it clear that GOD IS THERE. Notice:
I. God Sees Your Affliction v7 “I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt”
God saw HIS people. This is key to grasping this text! If you are a child of God today, no matter what you are facing...GOD KNOWS ABOUT IT! He knew where His children were!! Even if you wanted to, you can’t hide from God!!!
Notice what David said about the presence of the Lord - Psalm 139:1 O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! 7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.