I have a good friend and brother in Christ who is a builder. Throughout the summer we met once a week for a bible study at a local coffee shop. One morning we were having coffee and discussing the roadwork going on outside the restaurant. I was commenting, in frustration, about how long it seemed to be taking. He explained to me the need for concrete to cure. He said that when his crews pour a driveway it takes about a week for the concrete to dry and cure all the way through. The concrete the road crew was using was about 18″ thick and he explained it would take 4 full weeks for it to cure properly. Like baking bread, the outside will harden first, but it takes time for the center to be finished as well. Allowing traffic on it too soon, especially heavy trucks, could ruin it and they would have to tear it out and start over.
I was reminded of this as we read about the Hebrews calling out to God in their slavery. Like my ability to see the road, they saw God and knew his promises, but their patience was thin. But 80 years prior, God had poured the foundation of salvation for the hebrews in Egypt. At the marriage of Amram and Jochebed, God had dug the footings and began to lay in the reinforcement iron. At the birth of Moses, the path was poured. 80 years would be required for Moses to grow solid throughout and become the prophet God had designed him to be.
In the same way, when Jesus was born into this world, the foundation of salvation for us was poured. Jesus is our “highway to heaven”. We will and should groan out to God in our bondage to sin, but Jesus’ payment has set us free. One day the waiting will be over and Jesus will come again. One day, the hazard cones and detours will all be removed and we, either still living or asleep in the grave, will rise up and go out to meet his triumphant return. One glad morning…
In the mean time, God does not forget. When it says God remembered, it doesn’t mean He had forgotten and needed the Hebrews to remind Him. It means, they called on Him to remember and He did, He had and He always would. God does not forget His people. God does not forget His promises. God remembered then and He remembers now!
king of Egypt died, Israelites continued to be oppressed in slavery
groaned in their slavery and cried out to God
Heard, Remembered, Looked on, was Concerned about
Loving, engaged, true, consistent
Yes, absolutely – IF I pray and wait for God, I have that assurance. If I take it on my own and then run and hide, God waits for me.