Ex 12:12-13 “I will go through the land of Egypt on this night and strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, whether human or animal, and bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am God. The blood will serve as a sign on the houses where you live. When I see the blood I will pass over you—no disaster will touch you when I strike the land of Egypt. (MSG)
How blessed are we to be living on the other side of the cross, to be able to see God’s plan for redemption by looking back. While the Israelites carried out God’s command, they had no way of knowing that what was being done, painting the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the doorpost of their house, was symbolic of what God would do through Jesus and His death on the cross. To them, it was a way to spare them physical death. For us, the blood of the Lamb was shed to save us from eternal death. His blood will serve as a sign and no disaster will touch us(13b) once we have believed that Jesus died to save us! Oh, our physical body may suffer but our spirit will be safe with our Lord and Savior for all eternity.
Eph: 2:8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT)
There has always been a plan!
40-42 The Israelites had lived in Egypt 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, God’s entire army left Egypt. God kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as he brought them out of Egypt. Because God kept watch, all Israel for all generations will honor God by keeping watch this night—a watchnight. (MSG)
Imagine the Israelites’ plight. They had been in bondage, slaves to the Egyptians, for 430 years before their promise that He would deliver them came to pass. They had been crying out to God over their horrific treatment. How it must have pained God to watch the treatment of His people. At the end of the 430 years, TO THE VERY DAY (emphasis mine), GOD’s entire army left Egypt. His appointed time had come and He didn’t wait a day longer. I can imagine the Israelites thinking God was never going to show up for them, that He was never going to keep His promise to deliver them—they wanted things to happen at their speed. But He did deliver them—at just the right time! It was part of His plan. And He watched over them as He brought them out of Egypt. I can just picture God watching the scene unfold as His people were finally able to leave the life they had been subjected to for 430 years.
We can trust in God’s promises. He always keeps His word; our problem is we don’t like to wait. Without God’s omniscience, however, we cannot see what else God is doing in “our” wait (his ways are not our ways, his thoughts not our thoughts). Have you ever looked back over something that God has done in your life or in someone else’s life and seen all the details that had to fall into place at just the right time for that to happen? I have been left awestruck by the way God works through details.
Lord, I know you have a plan; Jeremiah 29:11 is a promise we can cling to when life is challenging for us. Father, I confess I grow impatient and sometimes have trouble believing whether certain promises are ever going to come to pass. But I can see in your Word that your promises are trustworthy. There is something going on in the wait. You will not keep me waiting one day longer than required. In the meantime, help me to stay strong (Psalm 27:14). Let me continue to serve you, to grow closer to You, to thank You in every circumstance, trusting that You always have my best interest at heart. Your Word says You love me and watch over me. Those are promises I can cling to through all eternity. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.