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God’s Timing is Not Our Timing


“Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” (Genesis 15:13-16 NIV).

The capture of Abraham’s descendants (the Israelites) in Egypt and their position as slaves for 400 years is foretold in Genesis 15. We learn God will bring judgement on the nation of Egypt, and the Israelites will be set free with great wealth. It is not until Exodus 1, after Joseph dies, that the prophecy of Genesis 15 comes true. But what about the great land God promised Abraham’s descendants? It is not until after the Jews escape 4 centuries as slaves, they inherit the land of promise God swore to Abraham. These verses in Genesis always remind me that God’s timing is not man’s timing. We may not even be around to see the fulfillment of things He has promised. What we do know is He will always be faithful, and He does fulfill His promises, but it is in His perfect timing, not ours.


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