Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.

Although written many years ago, these verses still resonate with those who belong to God. What is the context of your plea to God today? Are you pleading for the salvation of a lost loved one? Are you contending for financial freedom? Are you begging God for healing? The Israelites were pleading for and end to their suffering and oppression in Egypt.

Notice the way verse 25 ends: “and God took notice of them.” What a special honor it is to be noticed by God. He sees you. He cares for you. What a position of grace! God is the One who understands the circumstances of our lives, the One who hears our cries, the One who listens to our groaning in prayer, and the One who draws near to address our needs.

Where do you need to be reminded of this life-changing truth today? He didn’t forget the Israelites, and He will never forget you. God hears you. God remembers you. God knows you! The nature of our God—the One who sees, hears, and knows all—shows us that we can expect things to happen in our lives when we turn to Him.

• What has caused you to cry out to God lately?

• Where do you need to remember that God sees you and cares for you in this situation?

• Praise God that He does not ignore your suffering. He never has, and He never will. Tell Him your pains today.