When we are in difficult circumstances, we tend to cry out that the Lord doesn’t see or He is too busy to help us or He just doesn’t care what is going on in our lives. Do not believe these lies that Satan loves to whisper in our minds. Our Lord is sovereign and He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). He loves us more than we can ever know and His plans for us are good all of the time. Just because we cannot see His salvation and restoration right now does not mean that He is powerless or is sitting idly by, watching us suffer.
Think about the story of the Exodus. The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years. If they thought of God at all, they must have questioned whether or not He cared about them. They suffered, they worked hard, and then the Pharaoh even tried to kill their babies! Where was God in all of this? Despite the outward circumstances, God had a plan. First, He allowed Moses to be born and saved from the murderous Pharaoh. Then, after Moses was a grown man, God spoke to him from a burning bush, and He said,
“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.0 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Despite what the Israelites thought, God did care. He did hear their cries. He had a plan to rescue them, which is what He did, bringing them out of Egypt in a miraculous way.
Or what about the time the people of Israel had been exiled to Babylon. For 70 years, they wondered about God’s promises to them to establish His kingdom through the line of David forever. What had happened? Did God forget His promise? Had He abandoned them? No, after a time, He brought them back into their land and finally, He fulfilled His promises when Jesus, the Son of David, the Messiah was born in Bethlehem and with His coming, God’s promises to establish an everlasting king of Israel were fulfilled.
God has a plan for you as well. He sees your suffering, your losses, your difficulties. He hears your cries. Just as He led the Israelites out of Egypt with gold and herds and many precious things, which had belonged to the Egyptians. Just as He brought them back into Israel after the Babylonian exile. Just as He fulfilled all of His promises in Christ, who is our wisdom, our sanctification, our righteousness, and our redemption. So He has a plan to save you, to draw you to Himself, to restore you. Trust Him. He will restore the years that the locusts have eaten, as the prophet Joel wrote thousands of years ago and we shall “eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord our God”. (Exodus 3:7-10)