Exodus 2:23-25 – 23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.
Exodus 2 ends with the Israelites in what seemed like inescapable bondage. The king died, and I can imagine that they thought they were going to be slaves in Egypt forever. The circumstances they were in caused them to cry out to the Lord for help and for deliverance. The Scripture tells us that when they cried out to Him that God brought to His thinking the covenant that He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. One commentator called this passage “the hinge” of the Israelites deliverance from bondage. What caused this “hinge” to swing? It was their crying out to the Lord.
Sometimes when we face difficult times in our lives, we cry to anyone who will listen other than our Lord. We use prayer as a last resort instead of a first option! I think we would do well to learn from accounts like this one in Scripture. He longs to be our refuge in the storm. The Psalmist put it this way – “1 Hear my cry, O God; Attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, And a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.” (Psalm 61:1-4).
May the Lord help us to more quickly cry out to Him in our times of need!