Tucked away in Exodus 2:23 is a marvelous message that attests to the sure mercies of God. I can say that it certainly has meant a lot to me and that it helped me during a particularly difficult period in my life. Exodus 2:23 says:
...and they [the children of Israel] cried, and their cry came up unto God...and God heard their groaning...and God took cognizance of them.
Note that while it says that, "their cry came up unto God," it does not say that they cried to
Him; the text simply says that, "they cried." Generations of the mind- and soul-numbing drudgery of slavery had long since drummed any God-consciousness out of the children of Israel. They didn't cry to God because, after generations of bondage, they had no idea who He was or that He even existed at all. Their cry was a raw, wanton cry, like that of an animal in pain, out of sheer misery. Yet for all that, as the text tells us, "their cry came up unto God," and He heard them. How many times in our generation, now, have we seen people, who have been raised with very little, if any, God-consciousness, in their lives and/or who have it drummed out of them by the mind- and soul-numbing emptiness of Western materialism (or Eastern communism?), cry out, a raw, wanton cry, out of sheer misery and unhappiness, not crying to Anyone in particular because they have no idea that Anyone is listening or that Anyone cares. Yet for all that, there is Someone listening, and He cares and He takes cognizance.