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Our Father Hears (#OurFather Devotional)


This year, we're sharing ways in which our God is truly Father to the fatherless in our special #OurFather devotional series. This month, philanthropist and orphan care advocate Amy Simmons writes about her personal testimony with "Our Father Hears." Our Father's sovereign eye has been on the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, and He responds with a powerful answer.




Exodus 3:7-10 - “The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.’”

In the Old Testament, Exodus 3:7-12 tells the story of God hearing the cries of the Israelites because of the intense slavery that was going on at the time. After hearing their cries, God has an answer. The answer was Moses.

God sent Moses to rescue His people from Pharaoh, yet Moses questioned God, asking, “Why me?” Moses did not feel qualified to be God’s answer to their cries. He felt he was just an ordinary person with no training or credibility to take on such a task. But God said, “I will be with you.”

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Like Moses, we often feel inadequate to meet the needs of those who are suffering, but God is with us even today. God hears the desperate cries of his people, and sends us to places far away to encourage, love, and share the Gospel with those who so desperately need God in their lives.

You are the answer to the cries of the orphan and the vulnerable.

God says He knows about the suffering that goes on in the world, and it concerns Him. He also says He can hear the cry of the Israelites (and us) and tells Moses to go to Pharaoh and lead people out of Egypt, where they were being persecuted. Moses was an ordinary man who ended up doing extraordinary things because he listened to and obeyed God. Moses was concerned, and probably a little afraid, to go into a land he was not familiar with and face a leader whose notorious reputation preceded him. God used Moses as His messenger to complete His plan – a plan to save people. God uses ordinary people like us who are willing to obey Him and carry out His plans to help others. Just like the Israelites needed help and needed someone to show them the way, God sends people like you and me to go into unfamiliar places to help, rescue, encourage, support or simply teach others about His great love.

When I go on mission trips, sometimes I feel a bit afraid because it is an unfamiliar place and I don’t know what to expect. But I also think the fear comes from the devil, because he doesn’t want us to help people or share the love of Christ. Do not let that affect you! Lean into God and cling to His promise in verse 12, “I will be with you.” He will bring you a sense of peace like you cannot imagine! When God asks you to do something, He will equip you and He will be with you. That’s a promise from God.

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God calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. And for those of us who answer His call and go into unfamiliar places in the name of Jesus to help others, several things will happen:
  • You will be in God’s will and purpose, and that is the best place to be.
  • When you go into unfamiliar places to reveal the Gospel, you are putting your trust in God. And that’s exactly what He wants you to do. That is the most important step you can take… putting your trust in HIM, depending on HIM for your every need.
  • By telling others about Jesus, planting seeds, and hopefully leading them to Christ, you will get to see those people in heaven! And you will be able to see how your obedience to God will lead so many people to the Lord. What a glorious day that will be!

Discussion Questions:

  1. How will you be Moses to orphans and vulnerable children today? In what ways will you be God’s response to their cries?
  2. What specific fears do you have about serving orphans and vulnerable children? What truths can you find in scripture to overcome those fears?
  3. How has God revealed to you that He will be with you as you serve the orphaned and the vulnerable - and those who provide care for them?


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