Summary: A sermon examining those times when we question if God as abandoned us.

Is God There And Does He Care?

Exodus 3:1-12

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.

"He sees the heartaches"

"He sees the tears"

"He sees the burdens, ills and fears"

"He sees the grief the worry and despair"

"He loves His own and longs to carry every care"

No matter where you are, no matter what you are facing, God sees your affliction. He knows what you are going through! It is a fact that “God Sees Your Affliction”, and as we move farther we will see that “God Hears Your Cries”

II. God Hears Your Cries v7 “and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters”

Consider the life of an Israelite. They were bound in slavery. They worked under unbearable conditions. Their sons were born to die at the King’s command. All of these issues went on for many years, They were discouraged and probably wondered “what is the use in crying out to God?”

- A Theological student came to Charles Spurgeon one day, greatly concerned that he could not grasp the meaning of certain verses in the Bible. The noted preacher replied kindly but firmly, “Young man, allow me to give you this word of advice. Give the Lord credit for knowing things you don’t understand.”—Our Daily Bread

- Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

God knew what His children were facing, He heard their cries!! God knew of every tear that was shed! Friend, it doesn’t matter how difficult your situation is. God knows and hears your cries!!! The question is do you cry to Him?

“God Sees Your Affliction”, “God Hears Your Cries” and finally we will see that “God Knows Your Sorrows”

III. God Knows Your Sorrows v7“for I know their sorrows” - God knew about every strike of every whip in Egypt. God knew about the pain at the end of the day. God knew all about their sorrows

- Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

The Piano Lady Next Door - When I was a very young boy, a dear neighbor who lived two doors down the street experienced a great sorrow. She often played and sang at her piano, but after this tragedy struck in her life, the first song with which she would open her “daily concert” was the lovely hymn, “I Must Tell Jesus.” The words made a deep impression upon me as a child. —H. G. Bosch

Jesus came as a man of sorrows; He knows what you are going through!!! We must tell Jesus because He sympathizes. Others may offer to console us, and it is a Christian ministry to do so; but when all have left us and we are alone, it is to the Lord Jesus that we must turn for abiding sympathy and consolation.

Remember the words of the old hymn:

"I must tell Jesus all of my trials,"

"I cannot bear these burdens alone;"

"in my distress He kindly will help me"

"He ever loves and cares for His own."

"I must tell Jesus all of my troubles,"

"He is a kind, compassionate friend;"

"if I but ask Him, He will deliver,"

"make of my troubles quickly an end."

"I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!"

"I cannot bear my burdens alone;"

"I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!"

"Jesus can help me, Jesus alone."

God Is There & He Does Care!! - Exodus 3:8 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;

In verse 8 God moves from compassion to action. He will deliver the Children of Israel from their bondage. Jesus came down to free us from sin's bondage & comfort us in times of suffering. I don't know hat you are facing... BUT GOD DOES!

He knows all the details and He even knows the reason behind them. I would encourage you to trust in Him and look to Him to see you through!

Do you know Jesus? If not I would like to introduce you to a friend who will SEE YOUR AFFLICTION, HEAR YOUR CRIES, KNOW YOUR SORROWS and be there to help you through it all!!!