God Knows the Future

Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know this for certain: Your offspring will be foreigners in a land that does not belong to them; they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years. However, I will judge the nation they serve, and afterward they will go out with many possessions. But you will go to your fathers in peace and be buried at a ripe old age. In the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” Genesis 15:13-16 HCSB

Some people go to fortune tellers who look into a crystal ball to see the future. Others look at Tarot cards to tell the future, while others look at the palm of a person to offer advice about the future. These are all evil and of the devil. We all sometimes wish we could look into the future and know what is going to happen, but only God knows the future.

Abram was given a glimpse of what the future would hold for his descendants. The Lord told the story that we find in Exodus of how the Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years but then set free by God’s hand and given many possessions as they left. God also promised Abram a long life. Abram lived to be 175 years old (see Genesis 25:7). Eventually, Abram’s descendants would occupy the Promised Land that was currently held by the Amorites.

Challenge: God knows your future and what is best for you. In the future you may encounter difficulties just like the Israelites did in Egypt, but remain faithful to God and believe that He is a good God. He will bring blessings into your life just as He did for the Israelites.

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