What an exhausting dance.
Let my people go. No. Let my people go. No. Okay, they can go. Never mind. No. Let my people go. No. Let my………..
Meanwhile, people, property, animals, and plants are being brutally destroyed. Egypt is in chaos, and none of it surprises God. In fact, he choreographed the dance. He knows Pharaoh won’t yield, yet he sends plague after hideous plague. And the band plays on.
Watching this exhausting dance shows me two things. The first thing it shows me is that God provides a beautiful pocket of protection for his people.
The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were. (vs.26)
While plagues torment the Egyptians, the Israelites are spared. Time and time again, they are protected. God is strong enough, able enough, to protect us from surrounding chaos. When we need shelter from the storm, he is able! He may not pluck me out, but he will wrap me up and hold me tight. Thank you, Jesus.
The second thing Exodus shows me is that God’s power should compel our praise. In Exodus Nine, God tells Pharaoh:
For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (vs.15-16)
God not only wants our praise, he requires it. And he will choreograph our circumstances in such a way as to reveal his power and humble our hearts. Am I paying attention?
When we praise something, we give it our approval and admiration. God is the creator of an amazing universe. He shows himself faithful over and over and over in scripture. He creates us with a purpose. He sent his son to die a brutal death so that we might be spared from Hell and instead spend eternity with him in Heaven. He loves us and he has good plans for us.
What could be more deserving of our approval and admiration?
So, regardless of the chaos I may experience today, I’m so thankful for his protection and I praise his name…simply because he is God.