Reading this passage a little while ago, a couple thoughts came to mind:
- These promises of God weren't fulfilled immediately. Much time had passed between the making of the promise and seeing it fulfilled. God is patient, and He's going to grow it in His people, too.
- The people had their part to play in God's great plan. They (and we) are not to sit, passively waiting for the good stuff to drop into their lap. They had to turn up, remain faithful and obedient, and do the next thing. The Lord may have given their enemies into Israel's hands, but Israel still needed to show up and take part.
What's God been saying to you recently?