Exodus 7:16-17 (Berean Study Bible)
16 Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened. 17 This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord:
Our ‘normal’ life feels like something out of a bad movie. Tensions in public venues run wild. Social events and holidays have come to a screeching halt. Economies seem to teeter on the edge of a rope. And yet, it feels all too real.
Plagues are nothing new to us. In fact, there have been thousands of natural disasters, diseases, famines, earthquakes, and economical collapses that have defined human history. The people of the Bible experienced trials and tribulations all throughout their lifetimes, especially during the Old Testament. In the time of Exodus, it would be the Egyptians who bore the brunt of plague misery and fear.
The Ten Plagues are actively described in both the Old and New Testaments, including Psalms and part of Proverbs. Through these records, we hear about the trials of the Egyptians and the many wonders and disasters shown to them by God. However, the Ten Plagues were events that no one was truly apart from, even the Israelites. They were followers of God, and no doubt carriers of His will, but these people still experienced unbelievable events that were to shape the course of history.
Sound familiar? As believers, our present-day situation is taking us on a stressful trip back to Biblical times. While the plague we are facing today is not an act of God saving us from slavery, it is still a powerful reminder of our own mortality.
Just like the Israelites of yesterday, the Christ Followers of today are facing times of indecision, uncertainty, and fear. We may not all be affected by our modern-day plague, but the whirlwind storm around us seems to bat at every window, door, and heart.
So What Must We Do?
In Exodus 12:13, God gives us a clear and decisive answer: follow me. In the Berean Study Bible, God says that if the Israelites are only to follow His direction, they will be spared from earthly happenings. In what is known as Passover, the Lord said, “I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you.” By trusting God, we can be truly saved!
It is important to note that God’s perfect will is not necessarily our own. Earthly trials and plagues can and will affect our lives to varying degrees. The storm around us may shatter some windows on the way out. However, these things should not pull us away from the hope we have in Christ. If death could not hold our Lord, what then shall we fear?
Friends, put your faith and trust in the Word of God today. Trust that our Father, who overcame death itself, will faithfully guide you through His will!
Who are you trusting to deliver you from your fears today? Is it God - or someone else? Evaluate the state of your heart in the midst of a great trial. Are you looking to science, technology, or terminology for salvation from an enemy the Lord has already defeated? It is easy to lose sight of heavenly things when faced with earthly pestilence, but the truth is that God has already won. Go forward in confidence today trusting your Heavenly Father above all else!
Deuteronomy 30:20 (New English Standard Version)
And that you may love the LORD your God, obey Him, and hold fast to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the LORD swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Isaiah 57:13 (Berean Study Bible)
When you cry out, let your companies of idols deliver you! Yet the wind will carry off all of them, a breath will take them away. But he who seeks refuge in Me will inherit the land and possess My holy mountain.