July 2 SOAP Journal

Scripture: ‘During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew’ Exodus 2:23-251044753.large

Observation: It is very interesting to read this words because we are left to ask, ‘does God really forget things and need to be reminded?’ The short answer is that God does not forget he simply sees that the time is right to fulfill his promise. Those that have cause to not believe in God could look at this and say of God, ‘he let them suffer in slavery until he was ready to let them up’ but the reality is that God did not want his people to suffer at all but needed to wait for the appointed time to arrive and for the appointed messenger to be born.

Application: We all want things to happen on our timetable as opposed to God’s. Being patient with God and allowing his plan to unfold according to his timetable can be extremely frustrating to experience but the blessing that we often experience as a result of being patient and waiting on God refines our character in the process which makes for a better result on the other side.

Prayer: Father, help us to be patient and wait on your time and your will to be revealed in our lives. I pray for those who are waiting on you and that you would not terry any longer than is needed and that you would grant an extra measure of grace and patient to those who are waiting for you to fulfill your promises in their lives as that time can be extremely long and hard to bear. Show them your love and mercy father! Amen.

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