Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 27, 2022

“to the very day” – “For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.”

Today’s devotion is from Exodus 12:40-41.

“Now the time that the sons of Israel lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.  And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, to the very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.”  Exodus 12:40-41.


When we seem to be stuck in a difficult situation, we may be tempted to murmur against God for being careless in not delivering us sooner.

We remember the foremen of the sons of Israel reported to Moses that Pharaoh forced them to do increased labor by requiring them to make the same quota of bricks, but now without straw, and even beat them.  The foremen blamed Moses.  See Exodus 5:15-20.

“Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “O LORD, why have You brought harm to this people?  Why did You ever send me?  Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.”  Exodus 5:22-23.

But, we read from today’s Scripture that God’s timing is perfect, “to the very day”.  

The LORD is our keeper.  He does not slumber nor sleep.  Psalm 121:3-5.

The LORD delivers us from all of our troubles.  His work is perfect.  

“The righteous cry, and the LORD hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17.

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19.

“O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
‘ Isaiah 25:1.

“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4.

When the LORD delays deliverance, He does so for a good reason, part of His work being perfect.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character;  and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4.

In conclusion, the LORD is trustworthy.  Our times are in His hands.  The LORD has stored up goodness for us and has preserved us.  The LORD will deliver us at the perfect time.    

“14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

19 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!

21 Blessed be the LORD,
For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.
22 As for me, I said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.

23 O love the LORD, all you His godly ones!
The LORD preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
24 Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:14-15 and 19 and 21-24.


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