The Lord has a Day

1/10/2008

"The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of 430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt." EX 12:40-41

The Lord has a day for his children. Israel groaned under Egyptian slavery for 430 years until the "very day" God determined their bondage would end. And "on that very day" the people of Israel walked out of Egypt.


God had a day for Jesus to enter the world - he was born in the "fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4). He had a day for Jesus to die and a day to rise from the dead. And he has a day when Jesus will return - "the Day of the Lord."


God had a "very day" for you.

He had a day for you to be born into this world. He also had a day for you to hear the gospel, and a day to open your eyes to the glory of Christ and be born again.


God has many a "very day" in our lives.

He has specific days planned for us to meet a person or hear a message that will change our lives forever. He's planned days when we will touch people for Christ. He has specific days when he'll bring incredible and surprising blessings into our lives.. He created good works for us to walk in and knows the very day we will walk in each of them. Who knows what God may do in your life today?


If you're suffering, take comfort in this - God knew the day your trial began and he has a day for your suffering to end, just like he did with Israel. God knows the exact length of your affliction down to the hour and minute. Who knows? Your misery could end this morning. Today could be the last day of your distress. But even though you don't know how long you must endure, rejoice that God knows. Your grief won't last one minute more than he wills.

Don't give up.

Keep asking God for all you need and trust the timing to him. Keep asking him to help you, change you, heal you, deliver you. He has a day for you.

Posted by Mark Altrogge at 8:00 AM  

3 comments:

Mark, thank you. This post follows very well with the "is anybody home" post from a few days ago. When you're asking the same question(s) for years and no answer or hope of an answer seems apparent, it is easy to think that God's forgotten about those "days" in your life.

I was reading through 1 Peter and ch.1 v 13 says "Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

That's a very different hope than one that is based on my physical circumstances. Its not a hope based on a job that pays well or relationships that have no struggles. Its a hope in the only One who will never disappoint, forget or leave me. Its a hope in my Father who loves me and gave His Son for me.

Thanks for the reminder - this day is off to the right start. My Father knows my pain - He remembers I'm dust. How grateful I am that His patience as displayed with the children of Israel has not run out before it came to me. Thanks for the reminder to look back and see His faithfulness in my past - it reassures me that He will confidently and lovingly order my steps that to me seem so unclear.

Emily said...
January 10, 2008 at 8:31 AM  

thank you dad, for this. so good.

beth said...
January 10, 2008 at 9:29 PM  

Emily, thanks for your thoughtful comments. Your comments could be a blog post! That's an excellent insight - that our hope is not in this life but the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ - set our hope fully on that! I want to meditate on that - that's really encouraging.

Beth, you're welcome. You are living this...

Mark Altrogge said...
January 10, 2008 at 10:59 PM  

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