by Rev Joel Yong
As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for yourself, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
To Abram, God prophesies the arrival of Jacob’s household in Egypt and their subsequent enslavement there centuries later.
God even speaks of the Exodus when Moses leads the people out of Egyptian slavery and into freedom and the generation led by Joshua into the promised land … the generation that defeats the Amorites.
Check out the verse below –
At that time Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.
Friends, you and I see things only as they are in a fragment of time.
God however, sees things in completeness- He alone knows what the end of a person shall be, where the end of a journey will lead to, and when the end of a nation shall come.
Today, we might question how our tiny obedience to Him in a single matter, can make any difference.
We might question if He is ultimately fair – when we suffer injustice like Joseph did.
Or we might ask if there is hope for our nation (whatever nation we might come from) still, as if seems its going in circles in a land of wilderness.
But in times like these … trust God.
What we cannot understand, He understands.
What we cannot see, He has already seen.
What is yet to bear fruit, He has seen the day that the harvest has come.
In God … may we all place our hope, faith and all of our trust.