Deliverance Has Its Own Timing: Lesson #2, Part 2

Lesson: Sometimes deliverance will to be delayed for reasons that have nothing to do with you directly.  Unbeknownst to you, God might be completing His agenda elsewhere so that He can answer your prayer today. What feels like a delay is actually God’s perfect timing.

Example: The Canaanites

When God called Abraham to move from Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan (modern day Israel) He promised to give Abraham and His seed after him Canaan as an inheritance. Thus the genesis of the phrase “promised land”.

Canaan & Mesopotamia

Canaan & Mesopotamia

So Abraham moved his family to Canaan in obedience to God. In the book of Genesis chapter 15 God gives him a vision. In the vision God reveals/prophesies to Abraham the following: (Genesis 15: 13, 14 and 16)

And God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve and afterward they will come out with many possessions…Then in the fourth generation they shall return here for the sin of the Amorite/Canaanite is not yet complete. “(NAS)

Remember…this prophecy was given over 100 years before Abraham’s son Jacob took his family to Egypt to avoid famine in Canaan.

But why 400 years? Why so long?

There are two very good reasons:

Modern Day Israel

Modern Day Israel

1. Though God had promised the land of Canaan to Abraham’s seed (Israel), Abraham’s family was not large enough to possess the land. It took 400 years for the people of Israel to grow to over 2 million people and thus be ready to possess the land God had promised them.

 2. God is fair, just and, fortunately for us, full of mercy. God gave the Canaanites 400 more years to repent of their sins and get right with Him. Only after the 400 years could Israel possess Canaan. In fact Israel was God’s hand of judgment for the Canaanites as later Babylon was God’s hand of judgment for Israel.


…we can see in hindsight how God was working over a long period of time to fulfill His promises to Israel and deliver them from the hands of their oppressors.

Even as I write this blog I am myself convicted to cultivate more patience when I pray. I need to learn over and over to trust God and believe that he will keep His promises in His perfect timing.

Chag Pesach (Happy Passover),

Joel Chernoff

~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~


6 responses to “Deliverance Has Its Own Timing: Lesson #2, Part 2

  1. Amen, Joel! Thanks for this encouragement.

    Happy Passover!

  2. Very convicting as well as encouraging. I will also remember that as I pray. Blessings to you and your family this holiday and always!

  3. Christopher Hernandez

    Chag Pesach.


  4. Katherine Hume

    Hi Joel,

    The only way that the world is going to survive this present day 3 world war is through the humble act of love. Unconditional love is the only love that present day man and women are in dire need to understand.
    The whole human race is coming out of slavery. War will only perpetuate violence towards women and children on many different levels.
    It is horrifying for me personally to be part of a present day prophecy that permits violence to stop violence.
    Mark my words carefully, women and men who identify with Jesus do so because he used his mind and heart before acting.
    Our hearts are the missing link in stopping violence. It’s time for civilians to step up and stop the cruelty in this world and for the leaders of the war machine to support us, for we are their family.

    Have you noticed that men that verbally use their hearts are the first to be put down. Isn’t it interesting that in this present day world the women who use their hearts are kept down.

    I needed to express my self, the news is getting to horrific of late and I’m afraid.

    Blessings to you and your family


  5. Joel,

    Never give up. Perservere in the truth that God will prevail in protecting Israel. They have every right to exist as a country and a people. They have every right to defend themselves against attack by their enemies. My prayers are with them.

  6. Thanks for the interesting comments.

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