To the very day
When it comes to remembering things I need to do, errands I need to run, or… well, anything, I have a terrible track record. I want to do better… I try to do better… yet, I still forget so many things! Some things though are frozen in my mind because of their significance. I can still tell you not just the date but the exact time and day of the week each of my children were born, about the smile on my face as I walked down the aisle to my groom nearly 28 years ago, and the details surrounding my first walk down to the altar to seek Jesus nearly 38 years ago. Certain memories just stick because they outshine all others! As I read in Exodus this morning, four words jumped off the page to touch my heart and lift me up!
The final plague, the death of the firstborn, had swept across Egypt and no household was untouched. Pharaoh summoned Moses at night and told him to take the people and get out immediately. As the prepared to leave, the author of Exodus, Moses, paused to add a historical note-
“Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.” Exodus 12:40
Wow! Talk about a long stay! Centuries spent in servitude to the Egyptians and now they are on their way home! Over those 430 years, I’m sure many a Hebrew man and woman questioned God’s plan, God’s love, and maybe whether God was even real… sometimes we ask those questions and haven’t been going through our trials anywhere near 430 years! Yet back when he called to Moses form the bush, God said he had not forgotten his people. Over the course of those years, God grew the Hebrews from 70 to over a million strong, prepared the Promised Land to support them, and set the stage to bring them out of Egypt a wealthy nation. God had not forgotten them and part of the reason I know so is the 4 word phrase in the next verse-
“At the end of 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.’ Exodus 12:41
I wonder if the Hebrews through the years of slavery even knew how many years they had been in Egypt… Yet God knew not even the years, but the very day! Plus he brought them out on the anniversary of their entrance! This detail may have escaped their notice but thanks to the Word, not ours.
Such hope and encouragement can be ours from the words ‘to the very day’. God doesn’t forget us even when we think he has! God is at work behind the scenes even when we can’t see him! AND God hears our cries even when he appears silent! Hold on, my friend, to hope! Hold on to God for he is not done working in your life and in your loved ones lives! Keep believing the words of Jeremiah in 29:11! He has a plan! A Hope! A future for you & me! Amen and Amen!