Do you ever wonder if God is really listening? Do you ever wonder if he knows our circumstances and our pains? Of all the things we learn about God and are assured of in the first chapters of Exodus the most emphasized lesson is that He is and He does.

Speaking of the Israelites in the slavery in Egypt…
2:24 “God heard their groaning…”
3:7 “I have seen the oppression of my people…I have heard their cries of distress… Yes, I am aware of their suffering.”
3:9 “The cry of the people of Israel has reached me…”
6:5 “…so you can be sure I have heard the groans of the people…”

Then in 6:6, He makes a promise to them. This is our promise in times of trouble as well. “I will redeem you with a powerful arm…I will claim you as my own people.”

How do the people respond when they hear that God is truly paying close attention to them and cares about their suffering?

4:31 answers that question. “When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshipped.”

This is what we must do as well, because He Listens, He sees, He knows, and He feels our suffering.