Take a few moments to focus your mind on what’s before you. God wants to meet you right now. In this very moment, He is reaching out to meet with you. Don’t miss it.
If you are able, hold your hands out palms up on your lap. Ask God to give you a receptive heart to how He wants to meet with you today and throughout this devotional.
Read // Exodus 1:1-7
1 Now, these are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah;3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
These first few verses of Exodus go back about 430 years into the history of God’s people. Now, for perspective, that is a little less than twice as long as the United States has been a country. These people had to wait quite a while for God to bring about His promises that He made to Abraham. In Genesis 46:3-4, God says, “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.”
It was obviously taking a while for God’s promises to come to fruition. Sometime God’s people have to wait in the wilderness before He brings them to a mountaintop. Yet, even in the middle of slavery in Egypt God was providing. They were both “exceedingly fruitful” —most likely meaning economically and agriculturally prosperous—as well as “ increasing in number”. Even in long and dark season of this people’s history, God was still working to bless those He loves.
What do you think the people of Israel thought of God’s promises to their ancestors during this 400 year wait?
When was a time you had to wait on God?
How did God use that time of waiting to grow you according to His purposes?
Ask God to help you trust him in the times of wait. Ask for eyes to see how He is working to bring about His purposes in your life
Apply/Around the Table
Discuss these questions together:
What things are hard for you to wait for?
Has there ever been a time in your life when it was good for you not to get something right away?
This week, write down three different ways you notice God providing for you each day. Share them with your group or around your family table.