To the Very Day
Verse 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.
We have left the confines of Egypt and our caravan must have been excited and relieved to finally be leaving the land of bondage and heading to the Promised Land that they had been hearing about for generations.
God had promised Abraham that his descendants would be many and that they would be in slavery for 400 years and then He would bring them back into the land that He had promised him. God always keeps His word. The Jewish people are intentional in verbally passing on information from generation to generation. Even after all these years the Israelite people would have known the promises made to Abraham.
Through the years others had shown their faith in God’s promises. Jacob had made his son, Joseph, promise to lay him to rest with his ancestors in the land of Canaan. Joseph had made his descendants promise to take his bones with them when they left Egypt. That’s right, one of the things that was being hauled by the caravan were the bones of Joseph. These men took God at His word that He would take His people back to the land promised to Abraham and his descendants.
Joseph and his descendants kept their promises as men following God’s example of vow keeping. God took things a step further with a time of fulfillment and keeping His promised time. This is one of the times in the Bible where it says that God kept His promise to the very day. God has a definite timetable that He is working out through history and not a single detail passes His notice.
It is easy in life, especially when things seem to be at a lull, to think that God has forgotten us and is not moving as He promised. We feel like things should be going at a faster pace. Maybe we are awaiting the next step of life that we felt God was leading us to. Maybe we are frustrated because we aren’t making the progress we thought we would in some physical venture of losing weight or gaining strength back after a surgery. Maybe life isn’t turning out as we thought it would. In all of these times we must remember that God has a timeline for our lives. He knows what needs to happen at each moment in time. He sees the big picture and knows the details that will make it all make sense. He works details to the very day!
Making It Personal
Has there been a time in your life where you felt like God had forgotten you? Were you able to see God’s hand in the timing later? What did you learn through that time of lull of life?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you like to wait? Why is waiting important? Do you think God would ask you to wait if it wasn’t so He could make things just right for you?
Father, thank You for teaching us to trust Your timing. You have everything in order to the very minute and even though Your timeline looks different to ours, Yours is always right. In Jesus’ name, amen.