“...their cry for help rose up to God.”
Life is hard, no doubt about it. The problems of this life sometimes reach the realm of the unbelievable. All of us have experienced on occasion, what it seems to be an insurmountable degree of pain; we have been in dark tunnels with no end in sight; we have almost drown in a sea of sorrows, but we have survived by the grace of God.
What shall we do then, when the water is up to our necks? To whom shall we go when “Mr. Pain” is knocking on our door? The answer is Jesus. The problem is that we can’t fix most of our problems. We need to call on God, better yet; we need to cry to God for help.
The people of Israel were in slavery in a foreign land. This “double trouble” proved to be too much for them. Nevertheless they learned to do the right thing: They elevated their prayers to “El Shaddai”, the only one able and available to save them.
A few years ago the movie “Ghostbusters” became extremely popular and the song “Who you gonna’ call” based on this movie, reached the top of the charts. They trusted in a group of ghost “killers”, but you and I must depend only on God.
Who are you going to call?
“God heard their groaning...”
Jesus hears our prayers and he feels our pain. He knows your circumstances and he will answer in His time and according to his sovereign pleasure. Do not despair, keep trusting and waiting in the Lord, for he is good and he will bless us in due time. Call on God, my brethren, call only on God.
“But Joseph said to them...”
There have been times in my life when revenge has taken roots in my heart. As a teacher, I have desired to pour out my entire wrath upon my offending pupils. I despise being disrespected in any way and revenge seems like the only way out of this situation.
Jacob, the father of Joseph died. This was Joseph’s opportunity to get rid once and for all, of his evil brothers. The brothers, saddened by their father’s death and afraid of Joseph’s “revenge,” came asking for forgiveness.
And what did Joseph do? He didn’t avenge all the “lost years” of his youth. He didn’t make them pay for all the time he had been away from his beloved father, or for all the years he had to spend in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He spoke to their hearts; he wept with them; and he renewed his pledge to preserve their lives.
The only way our words will reach someone else’s heart, is if we speak from our hearts. This is the kind of communication that God practices. In fact, we could say that the Bible, the Word of God, is a revelation of God’s heart.
Heart to heart communication is what God expects from his children. How is your heart today? Is it pure, holy, and sensitive to God’s voice? It is important that we communicate from our hearts, but it is also extremely vital to guard our hearts “for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34).
Let us begin to practice the art of transparent and sincere conversation. We must speak from the heart to each other and in our daily prayers to God. To speak in any other way is hypocrisy and we are not hypocrites. Are we?