"Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord's divisions left Egypt." Exodus 12: 40&41 (NIV)
Whenever the national unemployment rate is announced, it is always important to remember that people who have given up and have stopped looking for jobs are not counted as unemployed. It can be tiring, discouraging and even dehumanizing being rejected time after time after time in search of employment. Not to mention the times when a person sends resumes, completes applications, makes calls and no one even has the courtesy to respond or acknowledge the contact.
There are people who make hundreds of contacts every week in their effort to find work. God bless those that never give up.
To persist in trying to make things better requires a special something on the inside. There are many words for it. One of them is faith. And faith is not only a belief in something that has never been seen before, but faith is also the confidence that if God did something for someone in the past, God can do something for you in the future.
That kind of faith is fueled by knowing what God did for someone else. Today's verse reminds us that God delivered the Israelite people from their bondage after 430 years of suffering. Some people had probably given up on God by then. Many people would give up on God if they had to wait that long. But there were those had not given up, had waited, and were ready for their deliverance. These were the people whose prayers God heard and responded to after 430 years.
If God could do it one time, God can do it again. It may seem like God is taking forever. But God always shows up and when God shows up, God delivers.
"God, I pray that I will have enough faith to never give up. Amen"