Ten Plagues | Devotion 2: Finger of God
With the advancement of science and technology, there are many things that we think we know about the working of the world. Everything has an explanation, and this deeper understanding causes us to lose our sense of wonder for God. We know why the sun rises, the rain falls, seasons change, and how to heal many sicknesses. You name it; people will come up with all sorts of answers, explanations, and theories.
I have heard the story of the Egyptian plagues many times as a child. I always thought it was odd that God did the things He did. Why did He choose frogs and gnats? Maybe God just really wanted to annoy them. After some study, I realize God attacked the false gods the Egyptian people worshipped. The Egyptians had a god for everything, even a god with a frog head named Heqet. Knowing that God hates false worship, it makes sense why He sent plagues demonstrating the falsehood of their gods.
In our own lives, there are many times we worship things other than God. We may not even realize it, and God has to get our attention. When circumstances come into our lives, we rationalize in our minds. We come up with reasons and explanations or consider it to be a coincidence. Have you ever had something random happen and not even consider that God caused or allowed it? I know I can look back and see that I have done that in my own life.
In Exodus chapter 8, Pharaoh had his magicians recreate every plague to show that the curse coming upon his land was nothing of God. Exodus 8:6 -7 says, “So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.”
By plague three, the magicians realize that the plagues are of God. Exodus 8:18-20 says, “The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God.’ But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.”
Plague after plague Pharaoh would not acknowledge the Almighty God even when his magicians realized that it was God who was causing them.
God will remove idols from our lives. He wants all of our worship; He wants all of the glory. Sometimes when bad things are happening in our lives, it is because of God’s discipline trying to rid our lives of idol worship. Do you always have an explanation for what is happening in your life instead of acknowledging that it is the hand of God? I pray that in our lives, we continually examine ourselves for idols and make sure that God is the only one we serve.