“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.”Exodus 2:24-25, ESV
My daughter called me from California, distressed by an issue that I myself had lamented over for years. I had received God’s comfort, but even having wrestled, wept and wailed over it personally, all I could offer was, “I know, honey. Really, I do.” Later, that feeling of helplessness set in, and I was tempted to go to my familiar pattern of worry. If possible, I would have transported myself 2,700 miles at that moment just to hold her.
God not only knows our suffering, He is able to provide for us in every way. He knows because Jesus came in the flesh, felt our pain and was familiar with our weakness. He was incarnated into our world as both our great High Priest and as our sinless sacrifice. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16).
When it comes to our suffering, our Father God is all-knowing and all-powerful. Through Christ, he is also all-merciful. Through his spirit, he’s ever-present!