Read: Exodus 1:6-22

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. (v. 8)

At age five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his family. Eventually adopted, Saroo spent much of his early adulthood searching for his birth mother. Against all odds, he was able to track her down, and learned she had spent the entire time searching for him, too.

Exodus begins some 400 years after the Lord God told Abraham, “I will make of you a great nation . . . and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:2-3). Abraham’s descendants indeed become a nation—of slaves, oppressed by a king who forgets his debt to their forefathers. The Israelites wonder if their God has forgotten them. Never. God is already at work enacting the rescue plans he laid when he made his blood covenant with Abraham.

During seasons of loss, struggle, and transition, we, like the Israelites, may feel abandoned by God. But our God is a God who never forgets. God’s word to his covenant people is God’s word to us: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast . . . ? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isa. 49:15-16 NIV).

The God who heard Israel hears you; the God who swore on his own life to save Abraham’s descendants delivers salvation through Jesus. Your God is the God who saves, and who never forgets. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, trust God’s tender love and attentive care for his beloved children.