Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Believing Against All Odds
Here is a little verse that jumped out at me this morning.
"The Israelites had lived in Egypt 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, God's entire army left Egypt." Exodus 12:40
God's chosen people had been in Egypt as slaves for most of that time. Generations of people were born into slavery, lived their entire lives as slaves and died in slavery. They knew of God's promise to Abraham -
"I'll make you a great nation
and bless you.
I'll make you famous;
you'll be a blessing.
I'll bless those who bless you;
those who curse you I'll curse.
All the families of the Earth
will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:2&3
Problem is - the promise seemed hollow. Empty. Definately unfulfilled. How do you pass on this statement from God to your children, born in slavery, and your grandchildren, born in slavery, and have them still believe? Their reality, their world, was up side down from the promises. And it never got better - ever, throughout their entire lives.
As part of my personal celebration of the historical breakthrough this last election gave America, I decided to read a classic - "Uncle Tom's Cabin." It is a remarkably Christian book, written by a fervent and insightful Christian.
She graphically presents the anguish of honorable faithful Christian believers, who live out their faith with dignity. Yet they never experience justice, or deliverance, or mercy. Their only hope is to believe against all odds that there is a just God in heaven, a good God, a God who sees, and EVENTUALLY rewards those who follow him.
Sometimes we too, are called to "Believe Against All Odds".