Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.”
ONE OF MANY
You could read this verse and not recognize the fulfillment of prophecy we find in Matthew 2:14–15 – “So he [Joseph] got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” But there it is! Bigger than life.
Do you remember this? Think about it. God allowed His Son to be persecuted in order to drive Him to Egypt to fulfill this prophecy. If God will allow that, why wouldn’t He use persecution and hard times in our lives to drive us towards something? He is always looking at the final result. Are you?
Your little Elrod or Gertrude are going to go through some bad stuff in their lives. There really is no escaping that. How do you prepare them? By showing them over and over again in the Scriptures how God uses the hard times to make us more like Christ. We show them how Christ suffered for us in order to save us.
Elrod may not understand that now but keep teaching. Gertrude may question the logic of that but don’t let her forget God loves her. And the very best way to teach them is to live it. When you face a tough situation and wonder where God is, remember Egypt. Remember why you are where you are. It’s the end result God is after.
Are you in Egypt right now “fleeing persecution”? Are you hanging on by a thread? Let go. God’s got this. But you have to trust Him. You have to allow Him to have His way. His way is always better. You know that down deep. Live it.