God's ways of delivering promises
S - Acst 7:17 (NASB)
17 “But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt...
O - God's promises come in unexpected ways, but His wisdom is greater than ours. God promised Abraham a great nation, and up until Jacob, it had simply been a family line. But in the fertile incubator of Egypt the nation of Israel grew. A strange place, because under the Pharaoh who forgot all about Joseph and how they got there, they were mistreated and taken advantage of. But it was a safe and stable place for the nation to grow for God also prospered all that they did, and grew the families in great numbers. By the time of their salvation they were number in the millions from Jacobs original twelve sons. Interestingly enough this verse comes from Philips testimony to the God's plan for God's people from the beginning until now. Throughout Israels history God had profits who had been foretelling them of the next step in his plan, the plan for a Christ to come, and restore the kingdom of God. But as is often the case God's people resist prophets and the change/repentance they are calling for. That was Philips point in sharing the full story with them, so they could see how, the Christ had come, and now the Apostles come to create a new nation from the old, one that is restored to God perfectly through His perfect sacrifice.
A - The application for me is to understand that God has promises for my life, and his path to deliver those promises are likely different than I would expect. Taking lessons from both the Israelite's and the disciples of Christ, I am need to ensure I listen to and obey the prophets God places in my life, and maintain a close relationship with the Holy Spirit, so I don't wander far off from the spirits guidance in my life.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for today's lesson, may it be sealed to my heart. I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.