I’ve been reading in Exodus and I’m in the chapters that explains all of the rules the Israelites had to follow and I stumbled upon one I hadn’t read before. “If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.” (Exodus 22:28)

God created this rule because he knew there would be a man that would get himself into debt and owe his neighbor. He would give him his cloak as a promise to repay him and would be without on a cold night. How beautiful this is! God is so compassionate that He sees our mistakes in advance and still creates a way for us to be protected and cared for. The Lord hears our cries before we cry them. He is empathetic. When I get myself into trouble, I can be confident then that the Lord will still work everything out for my good. Who knows how long before the event the Lord created this rule? It could have been a few days or it could have been years. Whichever way, the Good Father in heaven was watching out for this man. We can be confident that He is watching out for you and me too.