God’s PROMISES though DELAYED will SURELY be FULFILLED
February 24 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 10-12
"You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name. He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt with seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude." (Deut. 10:20-22)
The above declaration by Moses “and now the Lord your God has made you as the stars of heaven in multitude” is one of the clearest indication that when God makes a promise, it may be delayed but it will be surely fulfilled in God’s time as He (makes) “everything beautiful in its time" (Eccl. 3:11).
Many hundreds of years ago, God had taken Abraham outside his tent under the open skies and had told him the following: "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be" (Gen. 15:5). Israel and his large family consisted of only seventy people in total when they had gone into Egypt. God had promised that in Egypt Israel would be made a great nation, and now they were an innumerable host of over two million people. Thus, God had faithfully fulfilled His promise to Abraham that he had made so many years ago, and it was Moses who declared to the Israelites that God had now made them as the stars of heaven in multitude. God had indeed fulfilled the long-awaited prophecy that they would become as the stars of heaven!
In fact, there was another promise that God had made to Abraham after that: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions" (Gen. 15:13-14). True to this promise as well, God had caused Israel and his children to relocate to Egypt on account of Joseph, but after a period of time, they became slave-laborers in Egypt. The hard-hearted Egyptians afflicted the Israelites for a period of four hundred and thirty years to be exact (see Exodus 12:40-41). Not only that, the Israelites "plundered the Egyptians" as they departed Egypt with great possessions including articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing (see Exodus 12:35-36). This is another example of God’s promise that was fulfilled in due time even though it was delayed slightly.
One of the greatest promises ever made by God was to Satan in the Garden of Eden, when God had made the following declaration: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." (Gen. 3:15). More than six thousand years would pass before this promise of God would be fulfilled through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ, whose “heel” Satan bruised by supposedly killing on the cross of Calvary, but Jesus bruised his “head” by rising up on the third day and proving His deity to one and all. This is yet another of the countless examples that proves beyond the shadow of doubt of God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promises.
While God has fulfilled every promise that He had made to the Israelites in the past starting with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, even now He is fulfilling all His remaining promises as well. Let us never forget that "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).