Scripture Reading: Acts 7:17-19 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. The same dealt subtly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers so that they cast out their young children, to the end, they might not live
Reflections: As fate would have it, Jacob and his family migrated to Egypt. Joseph, his son who had acquired a high position of authority in the region at the time, facilitated the movement. Although this action spared them from famine, it was ultimately detrimental because it led to their enslavement. God had foretold all of these events to Abraham, their ancestor (Genesis 15:13-14). The prophecy also predicted that they would be liberated from servitude and relocate to Canaan. After approximately 400 years of servitude, it was time for this second portion of the prophecy to come true. Unpredictably, the brutality of slavery increased so dramatically around this time that the prophecy of liberation seemed impossible to realize. God, however, remained true to his word and sent them Moses at the time to effect their liberation. Similar to Israel, your breakthrough may be precipitated by increasing adversity. When this occurs, do not give up; instead, remember that God will will be up to the task of performing on his word.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you that you remain faithful to your word.
Confession: God delivers.