Exodus 9:1-4,8-9,18-19,34-35 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” If you refuse to let them go and continue to hold them back, the hand of the LORD will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats. But the LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die.’”… Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.”… Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’”… When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. So Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.

Things have gotten progressively worse for the Egyptians, yet their leader still seems so adamant to let them go. As the plagues rain down, the Pharaoh’s lies increase.

As we saw in the life of Joseph, Israel and many other Bible greats in Genesis, the Lord does come through but not before He establishes Himself clearly and this seems to be a recurring theme so far.

Moses was given specific instructions and he followed them to the tee. The result was that God’s judgment rang clear and the Egyptians were becoming more aware of the power of the true living God, something that their idols could never match or compare to.

The plagues started off as visible miracles causing little harm and the magicians were able to match them but they got progressively worse and the latest plagues were starting to affect the Egyptians personally.

Clearly God was showing that only He had the ability to judge, had total control over the elements of nature because He created it Himself and sought His own glory by bringing an awareness of His majesty to the Egyptians.

Pharaoh shows us clearly the response of humanity to God’s working in our lives and his hardened heart is representative of the hearts of everyone who is not of God.

Even today we face great challenges around the world and it takes a lot for man to see the reality of God and what He is speaking to us. We live in a period of God’s grace but soon that will cease to exist when He comes down to actually judge the living and the dead and then it will be too late.

If you are not saved by God’s grace, I plead with you to open your eyes to the reality of your maker who loves you enough to spare you total condemnation if you will only call on His son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savoir.

If you are saved, I pray that you will stop complaining about your circumstances and the storms in your lives and start praising God for He is in total control and seeks our total commitment and obedience.

Obedience is key to our faith walk and trusting God fully is the evidence of our confidence in Him. I pray today that you and I can fully trust God, just as Moses and Aaron did, and obey His every word for His glory.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    I was amazed by that too, how Moses did everything God asked him too. Lots of “just as the Lord commanded”. So aware of the importance of my obedience. Think why should God talk to me and share things with me if I just ignore what He says? And I so love it when He tells me something. . ..
    God bless you and your obedient heart for Him!
    p.s. how are you feeling?? Still praying!

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Deb,
    Thank you for that comment. You are such an encouragement to me, specially as I am recovering from a bad bout of the flu. Obedience is probably the hardest aspect of our faith because it means we are to trust the invisible but all real God and follow His lead. I’m so glad that God is the most patient person in my life and is slow to anger, else He would’ve burned me to ashes a long time ago.
    Blessings,
    Vineet
    PS: I feel so much better now but this morning I thought I lost hearing because my left ear was ‘bunged up’! Thank you for praying for me. I sincerely appreciate it.

  3. Ann says:

    “If you are saved, I pray that you will stop complaining about your circumstances and the storms in your lives and start praising God for He is in total control and seeks our total commitment and obedience.”

    Amen, Vineet.

    It is in our best interest to “Praise Him in the storm” – but it’s not always easy… As we mature and grow in Him we get to the place where we realize that trusting Him is the only thing that matters. We can stress and strain and that won’t change a thing.

    I’m learning to walk in His footsteps. (I say learning because there are days I get it wrong, still self-pity is not His desire for us.) As we learn to let go, we begin to understand why our attempts at fixing life won’t work.

    It’s interesting to see how Moses moved from favoured to fugitive and how God met Him at the point of His need. The same Moses who was a self-confessed stutterer was able to stand before Pharoah and deliver the message God gave (but it took Him a while to get to this point.)

    Thanks for sharing, Vineet. May we be willing to trust Him with our inadequacies and to allow Him to lead – even when we can’t see where He’s going.

    Blessings,
    ann

    P.S – Glad you’re feeling better 🙂 God be praised!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Sometimes in the momentary inspiration of God’s word, we make such statements and I apologize for sounding so high handed about how we should stop fretting in our strife and praising God instead.

      These last few days have been busy and a bit challenging for me and I seem to have become my old selfish self and it took God to knock me to my knees to understand that I stand at the foot of the cross in expectation and not bearing the cross in wanting pity.

      Thank you for your words of encouragement daily to me and the amazing humility you show in your responses. I’m humbled and honored.

      God bless you as you continue to minister to His own and to the lost and I pray that together we will be able to be His clear voice in the dark world we live in.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Ann says:

        My Dear Vineet,

        I laud your humbleness of spirit and offer my humblest apologies – I did not perceive your comments as ‘high-handed’ at all. Heavens, no!

        I took what was ‘mine’ from your post and my response was against the backdrop of a conversation I had with a friend. (She has been encouraging my faith in light of recent events in my own life. …She’s a dear friend and she’ll be quick to point out my error 🙂 )

        Please understand, my practice in life is to encourage and support. I would rather ask for clarification than respond to you in a way that made you feel belittled. That is not my approach.

        Our role is to ‘provoke each other unto good works’. Since we’re all here, we’re all in the process of learning and growing. If I showed ‘amazing humility’ in my response it was because your comment was a well-needed nudge and *I* bowed in humility to Him, thankful for the revelation you brought.

        Vineet, you said what I needed to hear. I am grateful. I am thankful .

        Praying He’ll continue to use us to encourage each other. I thank you for your commitment to bring His love to us.

        May God bless you and yours always,
        ann

        P.S – I generally don’t go back to posts I’ve commented in because of time constraints but I ‘m working on backtracking so I get to understand ‘complete conversations’. I’m happy this popped up under the ‘Track my comments’ feature or I may have missed it and I’d hate to know I didn’t get a chance to clarify what I meant.

        • ServantBoy says:

          Hi Ann,

          I couldn’t help laughing after I read your note and wanted to let you know that there is NOTHING you need to apologize for. I genuinely needed to hear what you said and my previous response was that of one who was moved by what God spoke through you.

          Knowing and living by that knowledge are very different aspects of faith and I sometimes speak from the head and not the heart of experience.

          Thank you for sharpening me and for engaging me in this awesome conversation that seeks to glorify God alone. It is not about us and I praise God for how He is working in and through us.

          In Christ,
          Vineet

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