“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.'” — Exodus 3:7
A few years ago, my mom got really sick and was sent to the hospital. I decided to stay overnight with her in a tiny recliner that turned into a bed. Throughout the night, my mom would wake up in pain. I’d hear all kinds of beeping and alarms from the machines connected to her with wires. A nurse came every few hours to check on my mom. As the nurse was heading back to the nurse’s station, I asked her, “My mom is in pain and delirious. Is there someone who is watching her?”
The nurse then replied, “At my desk, I can see everything going on with your mom. I can see her vital signs. If anything goes wrong, I will be in the room immediately.” With that peace of mind, I went to sleep.
When we are suffering or feeling overlooked and unheard, we probably wonder, “God, do You see and hear me?” Are you wondering that today? Does God see my suffering and hear my prayers?
In the Book of Exodus, we find God’s people enslaved to the Egyptians. They work long hours and are treated as second-class citizens. They wonder if God sees and hears them. In Exodus 3:7-10, God tells Moses that He indeed sees their suffering and hears their cries.
God sees and hears you too. Here’s a simple prayer to pray when you doubt God sees and hears you: “Lord, remind me regularly that You see and hear me.”
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
If you would like to submit a devotional, please email all submissions to