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You’ve Been Heard

Exodus 16:10-12

Verse 10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud.

Yesterday we focused on how we whine when we don’t get what we want. Today we see how God is real and that He listens.

The people have gathered and as Aaron is speaking the people look over towards the desert and there the glory of the Lord shows up in the cloud. The people have seen this cloud. They had followed it out of Egypt, had been guarded by it when the Egyptians and here it was showing up as Aaron was telling them that God had heard them.

It was great to think of there being a real God. They had heard stories about how He interacted with their ancestors but even after witnessing His power in getting them out of Egypt and His wiping out the pursuing Egyptians they hadn’t really looked to Him or found a personal connection with Him. He was making it blatantly clear that is what He is wanting. He had heard their cries and He was going to be answering them.

He had plans to provide for them in ways they could never have seen coming. He loved them and was wanting to care for them. He wanted them to trust Him. They needed to trust Him. They knew they needed someone to provide them something to eat but they were looking for human intervention because they still didn’t totally get that God was real.

Aaron continues talking and tells them that God has heard them. Only a real God could hear. They had likely seen the Egyptians use their idols in ritual celebrations or for other religious activity but they were getting their first true look at a God who is living. The God who interacts with His people. The God that can actually hear and more than that, wants to hear from His people. The God that wants to hear His children ask so He can provide.

Making It Personal

Have you ever thought about the fact that God listens when you pray? What would it mean to Him if you started praying more intentionally? How do you think it would make a difference in your life if your prayers were more about His being God and you being His child?

Making It Personal Kids

How do we talk to God? What can we talk to Him about? Does He listen?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for being a God who hears. Thank You for hearing what is in our hearts even when we can’t find the words to say them out loud. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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