“And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us. Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 26:6-8).
Funny how our perspective changes toward the hardships of life once we are standing on the threshold of some great experience. Yes, God delivered the pleading Hebrews but only after 400 years of anguished crying; and this followed by 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. It says something about time. For the great I AM, I suspicion that there is no awareness of time. I AM was never I WAS or I WILL BE. For Him there is no past, present, or future. He just is. So we plead patiently, knowing that our time is not His.