Imagine growing up in slavery. All day, every day, you spend morning to sundown working hard. A much-needed break would result in a whip lashed across your back. Just when you begin getting used to the grind, the slave master increases the demands. It's never-ending and you don't have any prospects of hope. It would take a miracle to change this!
Of course we can only imagine this scenario as none of us have ever likely experienced this kind of slavery. But, is your prospect of hope in your current situation similar? For 400 years the Israelites knew slavery. It had become so engrained that the children probably couldn't even imagine what freedom looked like. It would have been like a far-reaching fairy tale.
But...God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with His people!
When God chose Moses to deliver His people out of bondage in Egypt, He laid out the whole plan before Moses. (Exodus 6)
- Now you shall see what I will do...
- I have established My covenant...to give them the land of Canaan...
- I am the LORD; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians
- I will rescue you from their bondage
- I will redeem you with an outstretched arm
- I will take you as My people
- I will be your God
- You shall know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens
- I will bring you into the land
- I will give it to you as a heritage
Not only was God about to perform a miracle of great hope and deliverance, but He kindly shared the details with Moses, who probably couldn't even fathom escaping this imprisoned life. And, not only did God give the details, but the reason!
Are your circumstances such that you have no prospect of hope? Have your prayers gone unanswered for so long, or your situation so impossible, that you believe things will remain as they are forever? Whatever is so far out of grasp for you now is likely how Moses and the Israelites felt in their slavery. Yet God heard them. He changed things so that He might be glorified. And the more impossible the situation, the more God will be glorified!
Call upon the Lord earnestly--don't stop praying! In the process of praying, and in the answers, remember, also, to glorify the LORD. Exodus 10:2 "So that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son's son the mighty things I have done...that you may know that I am the LORD."