God's Plan is Not Our Plan
Genesis 15 contains an interesting story and an early reminder that God’s plans don’t always fit our expectations. If you follow the sequence of events as God interacts with Abraham, you can begin to feel some of the possible emotions that you or I would feel if we were there.
Abraham begins talking to God about being childless, so God takes Abraham outside and says, “Look toward Heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them. So shall your offspring be.” A pretty exciting thing for Abraham to receive. In fact, verse 6 says, “And Abraham believed the Lord…” He could have thought that God might be exaggerating a little, but instead he instantly believed that God was telling the truth, the exact truth.
So as God is telling Abraham that he is also going to possess the entire land, Abraham asks God to explain how that will happen. So, the explanation begins with, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.” Huh? That had to be a little discouraging for Abraham to hear. Basically, God is saying, “Hey, Abraham. I am going to give you heirs. In fact, I’m going to give you so many heirs, you won’t even be able to count them. Oh, by the way, they will be afflicted for the first 400 years!"
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