A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
God is Sovereign and omnipotent, but He waits the ministration of time. He could force seasons and laws, but it is His way rather to work through them and by them. He has ordained them as servitors of His will. His purposes on the earth, in the conduct of human affairs, had, in respect to their accomplishment, a germination, a process, and a harvest-hour of consummation. Time is the prime-minister of Providence, and brings to pass in due order, at their full periods, and at the appointed juncture, the patient counsels of the Most High. There is no hurrying and no sickness of deferred hope on that eternal and tranquil Mind. "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." It lends a new dignity and a sterner and loftier majesty to time, when we consider it thus, not impersonally, as the passing away of our days rather swift, mute lapse of the stream of life sliding down the vale — but as a strong executive angel, a sceptred and conscious force that has it in charge to reveal and fulfil the hidden plan of God.
(A. L. Stone, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
WEB: The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation; I, Yahweh, will hasten it in its time."