We’re mighty good actors, hiding our true feelings and circumstances from most of the people around us. We might be able to keep reality from our friends and family, but God hears our cries whether made aloud or kept in silence. He knows the truth behind every cry.
The children of Israel became slaves to the Egyptians for 400 years. They suffered a genocide of their male babies and were forced into building the great pyramids and monuments of the pharaohs. The people must have wondered if God was aware of their pain, but the Bible reveals that Their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning … and God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them (Exodus 2:23, 24, 25).
But there’s another interesting passage about God hearing cries. It comes from the first Book of the Bible. God visited a man named Abraham. As He ended the visit, He revealed that He’d heard cries. The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know (Genesis 18:20-21).
In one case, God heard the cries of His people, remembered them, and acknowledged them. How marvelous! But in the other instance, God heard the cries of sin, saw the evil, and knew the truth about a city and nation calling out for judgment. A dreadful thought!
God hears our cries and always responds. He has unending compassion and mercy toward His people crying out to Him in suffering; He also demonstrates His wrath and judgment against the cries of sinful nations and cities.