“(God said) ‘Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – appeared to me and said:
I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt’”.
Ex 3:16 NIV
There is a common saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. We watch the years slip by and see the landscape change – especially in towns and cities. Technology moves on – cars replace railways and planes replace ships. But people, with their hopes, their dreams, their ambitions, their frailties and their sins – they remain pretty much the same.
A long time had elapsed – something like five hundred years – between Abraham’s trek to Israel and Moses’ call at the burning bush. Time would have dimmed all memory of the great patriarch and vast changes had taken place in the intervening centuries. But the God who had led Abraham out of Mesopotamia had not changed. He was ready to lead another great trek. He was showing again that he was changeless. Now, however he reveals another aspect of his nature: “I have watched over you”. During the long centuries of slavery, servitude, poverty and misery he had never ceased to watch over and to care for them. He had watched over and cared for Abraham and his descendants. He was a caring God.
Millions have tested and proved that truth since Moses. They have found that he cares for them in easy times and in dark days, in war and in peace, in times of oppression and freedom, in times of sadness and in joy, in success and in failure, in times of faith and of doubt.
He cares for you, and always will.
Lord, thank you for caring for me all the time.