Devotion for the Seventh Day of Christmas

And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”

Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

~ Genesis 46:2-5

God’s ways and thoughts are certainly above ours. The Israelites time in Egypt, including the years of slavery, were all part of God’s plan leading to redemption to His Son born at Christmas. I can’t understand this plan with my finite, human mind. But I know that it is good because God is good. And I see the end and am so glad that Jesus died for my sins and gave me eternal life. Did God send Jacob and his family into Egypt just to show His power and might hundreds of years later when He miraculously brought them out of slavery? I don’t know how or why God has done what He has, but I am grateful beyond words that all He did led to salvation for me and anyone who believes.

Eternal, almighty God, Your plan is beyond my comprehension, but I do understand that it will all turn out the way it’s supposed to. I look forward to the new heaven and the new earth when all Your people will live with You in the new Jerusalem, where there is no pain, no tears, no sorrow. Thank You for including me in Your plan and Your love. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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