Exodus 9: Rely on God’s Strength
This post could easily be an extension of yesterday because the same themes continue. A plague came, Pharaoh asked Moses and Aaron to talk to God and ask him to remove the plague, Moses and Aaron asked, God did it and Pharaoh went back to the way he was before.
However, rather than write the same post all over again, let me take Exodus chapter 9 a different way.
Exo 9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.
Exo 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
Exo 9:10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast.
Exo 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.
Exo 9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.
In verse 11, it becomes obvious that the magicians are overwhelmed. Previously, they were able to imitate some of the powers that God presented through Moses. However, at this point, the magicians aren’t even able to come out and try to match this plague because they are in too much pain themselves.
I think that this is kind of thing happens to us from time to time. Like the magicians, we think that we can do some things on our own. We think that we can work harder to come to the destination that we want. We mistake some of the things that have happened in our lives as our doing rather than God’s doing.
Then, we come to the point where there’s nothing left that we can do. Our own power has failed us, and we need to rely on God. In this case, the magicians need to wait for God to remove the plague because they obviously could not do it themselves.
That is easier said than done, but it really is what we need to do.
Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Jer 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
We need to be careful that we are putting God where He belongs in our lives which is right at the top. We need to lean on His strength and be used for His purposes rather than in our own power.