God Plans Ahead
Updated: Sep 15
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Today we start a new series. We will be focusing on some of the character traits of God through His calling His people out of Egypt. They had been in slavery for over 400 hundred years just as He had told Abraham. We will spend the first week of our study looking at God’s Providence.
Providence is defined as the foreseeing care and guidance of God over the events of earth. Nothing takes God by surprise. He knew that they would be slaves in Egypt. He even knew the time they would be there because He had already told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in Egypt for the rounded off number of 400 years (Genesis 15:13). God had promised this as He was promising Abraham a son of his own. Can you imagine being promised a son and then being told that your descendants are going to be slaves for 400 years? Not exactly the cheery promise that a person would like.
In today’s passage we see these very descendants finishing their years of slavery. It may be asked how being in slavery was God’s providence. We know that it was God’s providence that brought His people to Egypt in the first place. When Joseph’s brothers sold him as a servant out of spite for their little brother it was God looking forward at the coming of a famine. As Joseph later told his brothers in our key verse for the day, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.” It was after Joseph’s life that the descendants of Abraham became slaves in Egypt. Yet this was all in God’s providence as well.
Just prior to our passage today God again showed His providence. His plan to remove His people from slavery was a picture of His plan to remove His people from their slavery of sin. The Passover was a clear picture about the covering of blood saving lives. The Egyptians had just suffered the lives of their oldest sons – the sons that a family placed their future on. And that too was part of God’s providence.
God knew what the future held. Not just the needs of the wilderness time ahead but also the spiritual needs of His people through even our current time. In our passage for the week God was already setting the stage for the Passover Lamb, whose blood would cover the sins of His people for all time.
Making It Personal
Can you think of a time in your life when you can see that God had provided a way before you knew you needed it? Does knowing God is in control of your future bring you peace? Is there a way you need to acknowledge His working in your life?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to you that God is in control? Is it sometimes hard to remember that God is in control when bad things happen? What is a way you can remind yourself that God is in control?
Father, thank You so much for guiding us through this life. Thank You for Your constant care. We surrender to Your control. Please lead us in the way You desire for us. In Jesus’ name, amen.