“I wait for your salvation, Lord.” Genesis 49:18.
Jacob, the patriarch of the Jewish people, uttered these words while he lay on his deathbed at the ripe old age of 130. In that span of time, Jacob had witnessed incredible things: he’d wrestled with God, had been reconciled with his estranged brother, Esau, whom he had wronged, and had a large family that was blessed by God. Jacob, or Israel as God had renamed him, had seen everything that life could throw his way; all the highs, all the lows, all the trials, and all the joys. Even after all Jacob had experienced in his many days, at the end of his life Jacob knew the best was yet to come.
Jacob waited patiently for the salvation, or deliverance, that God would bring to him. God is man’s only source of deliverance–from sin, sorrow, heartache, and death. Jacob’s faith in God had endured throughout his life, and soon it would be made complete. God would soon deliver Jacob from this world and all its sorrows, and allow him to be reunited with his fathers and with his God.
The same is true for us today. We seek any and every escape we can find from the headaches and heartaches of this world, but the best these can do is to bring us a temporary and fleeting reprieve from the chaos that is around us. God’s unchanging and enduring love and salvation is the only thing that we can count on; the only thing that will deliver us from this world. His salvation and deliverance is full and complete and unending. We cannot save ourselves; we can only do as Jacob did–remain faithful in God and patiently await His salvation.