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02/24/2009

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Dying To Be Heard


"And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob" (Ex. 2:24).

On a scale of 1 to 10 in the world of modern technology, I am maybe a 5. Not too bad for a guy who remembers not having a TV, a washing machine connected to the kitchen faucet that had a wringer, and 78 records. One of the things that fascinates me is all the social networking and blogging going on. Sorry, I have drawn the line in the sand here. I have received an email or two from younger friends, offering me a place on Facebook, MySpace, or Virb, but I have made my stand.

Does this tell us something about our younger generation? I believe it does, and something about ourselves too. It is just a new way of saying, "I want to be heard!"......"Listen!" It is not a new phenomena. People have been this way since communication was the beating of drums. Though I am not much into text messaging or blogging, I do get it. We live in a generation that is just dying to be heard.

Against the backdrop of today's cyber-tech society, as a world cries, "listen to me," our Lord responds, "I am listening.....I hear you." The children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt. They had grown into a large nation and wanted out. "Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of their bondage" (Ex.2: 23).

Our verse today tells us that God heard them. Their groans did not go out into emptiness...GOD LISTENS TO THE NEEDS OF HIS OWN! As we have made our commitment to God, He has also made one to us. He hears and listens. Verse 25 says, "And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them." Our God gives cared attention to our concerns. He looks at our situation, as He did here, and acknowledges. It is so comforting to know that He intimately knows the depth of our needs and the source of our problems and is willing to respond.

It is one thing to see one's problems, it is another to meet them in their dilemma. Its easy to identify with someone's problems, but more difficult to put ourselves in. As God joined His people here in Egypt in the book of Exodus, He enjoins us today. In a world that is dying to be heard, God listens.

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