23Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
24And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
25He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants.
As we read the three short verses shown above from Psalm 105, we see that there is no doubt who is in control. God, years before the birth of Moses, was already planning for the return of His people to the Promised Land. As a matter of fact, even before Jacob and his entire family fled to Egypt to escape the famine, He had a plan in place to bring them back.
By God's design Joseph, hated by his brothers, was sold by them into slavery, and was carried away to Egypt. Little did they know, this was all by God's plan. Joseph, accused falsely, was thrown into prison, but still remained faithful to God. Little did Joseph know that God had hand-picked him to bring his family into Egypt to escape a coming famine.
It is interesting to note that God, by moving the children of Israel into Egypt for 400 years, kept His people pure. As shepherds they were shunned and despised by the general Egyptian populace, thus avoiding a mixture of the races. They were not to remain there forever; as shown in Psalm 105, God turned the hearts of the Egyptians to hate His people, and to deal subtilly, or craftily, with them. By God's design the stage was being set for the coming of Moses and the return of His people to the Promised Land.
In our day, it is easy to forget that this same God is still turning hearts to achieve His purpose. Nothing that happens is apart from the plan of God. As Christians we can, and should rest comfortably in the knowledge that God's purposes will come to pass exactly as He wills them. As we see unrest in the Mideast and nations (including the United States) on the edge of financial ruin, we know that God is moving and acting among the nations to accomplish His perfect will.
Are we then to sit and do nothing? Are we just robots or pawns in the hands of God? No! Though it is beyond our understanding, we know that God has given us wisdom and understanding which we are to use as we make choices for our own lives. We know that we are not here by chance, but are here by the perfect will of God who knew us even before the creation of this world.
We each have a specific God-given purpose for our lives; we are not here to live wasted lives of pleasure and emptiness, but rather, are to be busy about our Father's business. Every child of God is a missionary, showing the love and truth of God and His Word to an unbelieving generation. No matter where He puts us, God brings people into our lives who need to hear the great truths and hope made available to the lost through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We carry the greatest knowledge and hope ever imagined to a world that is cascading away from the things of God. May we spend our lives in His service, for we know that He will care for us and provide for us until we have finished the task He has ordained for us. Then, He will gently carry us into His everlasting arms to live with Him forever!
It all seems too good to be true, does it not? What an amazing God we serve!
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!
God Bless You,