Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
—Genesis 41:41

How do you know when the day of deliverance has come in your life? Your day of deliverance will have three characteristics.

First of all, God’s deliverance comes when you have come to the end of your own strength. Those first few weeks and months Joseph was in prison, all kind of hope was within him. Maybe his scheme of getting the cupbearer to go before Pharaoh would work. But over a period of two years, that hope evaporated. Many times God waits until we come to the end of our own strength before He chooses to act. He does that so that when the day of deliverance does come, we will know it is God who has delivered us, not we who have delivered ourselves. First Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”

Second, God’s deliverance often comes when someone else pleads our case for us. I read not long ago that one mark of intelligence is the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in our mind at the same time. So I want you to think of these two contradictory thoughts. One thought is that it is okay to try to deliver yourself out of your situation. If you are without a job, you ought to send out resumes and use your contacts. But here’s the equal and seemingly contradictory thought: many times God uses somebody else to make our case for us. Don’t be surprised if that happens with you.

Third, our day of deliverance comes when God reaches us without any effort on our part. Now, again, there’s nothing wrong with expending effort. When you’re sick, go to the doctor and seek healing. When you’re unemployed, send out resumes. That’s all fine–God can work through those things, but many times He will reach us without any effort on our part. That’s what He did with Joseph. Here was Joseph, forgotten by his friends, forsaken by his brothers. His friends and family back in Israel, they didn’t even know where he was–they had lost track of him. But God knew where he was. And when Joseph’s day of deliverance came, God reached down and delivered him out of the pit into a place of prominence. And don’t be surprised when God does the same thing for you.

Some of you think God has forgotten you. You think God doesn’t know about your situation or He doesn’t care. But don’t forget that God knows exactly where you are, He knows exactly what’s happening in your life right now, and He knows what’s in the future for you, because He has planned the future for you. When God’s day of deliverance comes for you, God will reach down and deliver you out of the pit to the place He has prepared for you.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Day of Deliverance” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.