My Bible reading today was about the family of Israel’s move to Egypt. What stuck out to me is that God let Jacob/Israel think his son Joseph was dead for many years. God was silent. Only later – in His own timing – was the silence broken in a way that gave hope and reassurance to Israel about the years to come. God told Israel:
“I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes” (Genesis 46:3-4).
God is always a step (and then some) ahead of us, and He will always provide us the information we need at the time we need it. It was not in Israel’s timing – I am sure he would have appreciated hearing that his son was alive much sooner than he did – but it was God’s perfect timing that made it possible for Joseph to rise to prominence in Egypt and stockpile food for the terrible drought.
The family’s move to Egypt would prevent the Israelites from assimilating with the pagan Canaanites. God’s timing brought this about. If Israel had known everything in his own timing, he would have “rescued” Joseph from Egypt and potentially caused the downfall of his family.
I can apply this to my own life. There is much that I care to know about the upcoming days, but God will provide this knowledge in the time that is best for me. I will trust Him with my today and all of my tomorrows.