Have you ever felt like God’s not hearing your prayers? In today’s reading, God’s people feel the same way. They are suffering in exile and the promised redemption has still not been realized. Feelings of frustration and impatience are surfacing. Is God asleep (vs. 9)? They want him to intervene immediately and to save them just like he saved the people from Egypt! The demand is followed by an explicit bargaining chip; if you do this for us God, then we will be happy.
We may not ask to be set free from exile but we certainly have all felt frustrated and impatient because God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers on our timeline and according to our expectations. Like the Israelites almost 2715 years ago, we try to bargain with God. “Lord if you get me out of this situation I will forever worship you”, or “Jesus if you make me better, I will never stop serving you”.
God’s response is the same today as it was then: He is our comforter; our focus needs to be directed toward him instead of imbedded in our struggle. He claims us as his own; he is the Lord our God.
Prayer: Almighty and comforting Lord, thank you that you are with us in every struggle. Grant us the ability to trust in you. Amen.