Dr Visagie reflected on the theology of these verses but then applied them in considering three situations:
- His own experience of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Under a state-controlled media, many whites were unaware of those suffering in their nation - everything seemed to be peaceful and quiet. But God heard their cries, shook the nation and removed the apartheid regime.
- A man once came to Innes when he was a minister and confessed he had been a street angel but a house devil. On the outside he was the perfect father and husband, but in reality he ruled his house through abuse. God heard the cries of his family, the man was converted and the family released from abuse. Those suffering, or who have suffered, abuse can know that God hears their cries, even when they have been threated into silence and all seems to be peaceful and quiet. Those of us on the outside need to be aware of the superficial peace that presents in these circumstances.
- In our churches we are often peaceful and quiet, going through the traditional rituals of church life Sunday by Sunday. But it is an uneasy peace; outside voices are crying out for meaning and for salvation. God hears them. But, do we? Perhaps the LORD, who hears the crying voices, will shake the Church in his compassion. So that we begin to hear.