Then the LORD said to Abram, “You can be SURE that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be OPPRESSED as slaves for 400 years. But I will PUNISH the nation that enslaves them, and in the END they will COME AWAY WITH GREAT WEALTH……………After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, FOR THE SINS OF THE AMORITES DO NOT YET WARRANT THEIR DESTRUCTION.” Genesis 15: 13-14, 16 (NLT – emphasis mine)
At some point, one might have wondered, “Why did God wait so long to rescue the people of Israel from their bondage?” I am sure the people of Israel wondered too! Back in their days of slavery in Egypt, many questions would have been on their minds…
“Didn’t God claim that we are His chosen people and that He loves us, so why has He not rescued us till this moment? Why has He left us to wallow in slavery?”
“Where is the promise of deliverance?”
“Is God real? Does He hear our groans? Does He listen to our cries? Does He see our pain? Does He even care?”
“Can God rescue us? Does He have the power to do so? Can He defeat this powerful taskmaster of ours? If He could do the impossible as claimed, why hasn’t He done something?”
“Where is God? Does He exist at all or is He just a figment of someone’s imagination?”
So many questions, so much pondering………but you see, God who knew the end from the beginning was waiting for the appointed time. To the people of Israel, it might have seemed God was unresponsive or perhaps He really didn’t care as much as He claimed, but God was simply waiting for the appointed time! In the END, which was appointed, by God’s MIGHTY hand, the great people of God came out of slavery with a GREAT DELIVERANCE, and not only that, God indeed PUNISHED the nation that enslaved them.
Now, let’s bring it home. Are you in a similar situation with a myriad of questions speeding through your mind? Are you pondering and wondering why it seems like God has finally abandoned you? Is the devil whispering all manner of nonsense that suggests the hopelessness of your situation? Hear this:
“FOR SURELY THERE IS AN END, AND THINE EXPECTATION SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF.” Proverbs 23:18 (KJV – emphasis mine)
There is a set time! There is an appointed time for your struggles to be over! In the END, that END, which has been appointed, you will emerge from every form of bondage, TRIUMPHANT AND VICTORIOUS!
A very interesting part of Genesis 15, is verse 16. Note that the time will come, when the wickedness of your oppressors will reach its FULL MEASURE and that is the time God will begin to orchestrate your DELIVERANCE by bringing all adversaries who oppress you day and night into HOT JUDGEMENT. They seem to be having a fill day, yes, but don’t you worry. In a very short period from now, their time will be up and your own time will start! Your deliverance will FINALLY come and your victory will be SURE! There is ALWAYS an END…….
© 2013 AyotundeElegbeleye
Jesus is LORD!