August 26 – Exodus 10:12-20

August 26 – Exodus 10:12-20

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August 26 – Exodus 10:12-20

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” 13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts. 14 The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. 15 They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 16 Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 17 Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me.” 18 So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the Lord. 19 And the Lord turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go.


I love how God teaches me something new every single day.  I re-read some of these passages that we have looked at the last few days and I saw that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so He could show His power to all the people of the land so they would have no excuse to not believe in Him.  Also, I think this was a time that Moses would be reminding them of what God had done to get them out of Egypt.  They were going to have some rough days ahead and Moses would need to remind them of God’s power and the love He portrayed in the process of dealing with Pharaoh and the Egyptians.

Are there ever days you need to be reminded of what God has done for you in the past?  I know I do.  I hate to admit it, but there are many times I temporarily forget because I am so focused on how frustrating things are and all I can see is what is right in front of me. 

I wish I could say I was better than the people of Israel and always remember God’s blessings, but I would have had some of the same struggles.  We are human.  We struggle.

One way to help combat these momentary times of “forgetfulness” is to keep a gratitude journal. 


Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me of not only Your goodness and love, but how powerful You are and how often You use that power to protect me.  Please forgive me when I am forgetful because life seems to become difficult.  Help me remember how much You love me and the many times You have shown it in such a mighty way.

Thank You for loving me in those times I am so very unlovable.  Thank You for being so patient with me and loving me through these hard times.  Thank You, Father for who You are.  The Creator, The Healer, The Comforter, the Lord of lords, King of Kings, my Master, my Savior, and the one I love most!

In Jesus’ name.




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