The Darkest Hour

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Exodus 2:16-25

God remembered . . . (v. 24)

God remembers us in our suffering, even when we feel forgotten. I saw suffering firsthand in the alleys that weave through the urban sprawl of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. On one visit, Sudanese refugees gathered for worship and sang Psalm 137, “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?” (v. 4). These were displaced people crying out to God. I had never before heard that psalm in worship. But that day, in that place, with those people, these were the right words to set before God.

Scripture is full of examples of God remembering his people. Noah lingered faithfully on the ark, and God remembered him. Abraham was promised an heir, and God remembered. Joseph was cast aside by his brothers, and God remembered. Moses was separated from his people and home for 40 years, and God remembered. The Israelites lived 400 years in slavery. They groaned and suffered and cried out, “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?” And God remembered them.

God still remembers. The people of Sudan have not gone home, but they are not without hope. Whenever we read that “God remembered,” it means that God was about to take action on behalf of his people. Do you feel forgotten or left in the dark? Take heart, because wherever you are in life, God hears your cry. Jesus himself said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). God remembered Israel and God remembers you, too. —Jon Opgenorth

Prayer: In your mercy, Lord, hear my prayer.