It happened in the course of those many days, that the king of Egypt died, and the children of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the children of Israel, and God was concerned about them.
One thing that I can clearly see about the Hebrews in Egypt is that they had a lot of time and reason to cry out to God and ask for His salvation. The problem that I see here is that we see no indication that that is what they did. All we read here is that they cried. We are just like they are. Things can get worse and worse for us and we still won’t cry out to the only one who can save us.
Instead, what we see here, is that God was concerned and really cared about these people. Not only that, God keeps His word and He promised to take care of them. Isn’t it amazing that even though God had promised to Abraham hundreds of years earlier that this exact thing would happen, that He still did what He did because of a real love in His heart?
Notice that God loved these people when they were broken and completely helpless. They didn’t know or care to call out to Him. He loved them just because He decided to. There is reason to believe that these people were not even praying to their God. It would appear that they had been influenced by the gods of Egypt as we learn about later in Exodus, but God was still concerned for them.
It’s easy for us to think the wrong way about God. It isn’t based on how good we are, it is based on who He is and how much He cares. That’s why we can even come to Him. He has drawn us to Himself and caused us to come to Him because we were helpless and He was concerned about us.