August 28 – Exodus 11:1-10
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The Lord said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will drive you away completely. 2 Speak now in the hearing of the people, that they ask, every man of his neighbor and every woman of her neighbor, for silver and gold jewelry.” 3 And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and in the sight of the people.
4 So Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, 5 and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. 6 There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there has never been, nor ever will be again. 7 But not a dog shall growl against any of the people of Israel, either man or beast, that you may know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’ 8 And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, you and all the people who follow you.’ And after that I will go out.” And he went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. 9 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.
God brought ten plagues on Egypt before Pharaoh finally gave in. What lengths must God go to before He gets your attention?
God in His infinite power can bring blessings to us even through our enemies. He gave the children of Israel favor in the sight of the Egyptians and they gave up many riches to the children of Israel. They must have felt very weakened and vulnerable to give up all they did. God has no limits to His power and how He can bless us if we allow Him to. Our obedience is needed to see all God can do for us. Our obedience doesn’t guarantee us an easy life, but it does promise us the best relationship with our Lord, which gives us the best life, if not the easiest.
What do you see as the difference between an easy life and the best life?
What changes do you need to make today to have your best life?
Heavenly Father, I want to have the best possible life with You at the helm. I know that doesn’t mean it will be easy. As a matter of fact, Jesus promised we would have trouble in John at the last supper when He said, “when you have trouble”. He didn’t say, “if”, but “when”. But He did say He had already overcome the world and that we would never be alone. That gives me the best chance for my best life. I want that best life with You carrying me, teaching me, loving me, and yes sometimes scolding me, to keep in the right place with You, so I can have the life You have planned for me. Thank You, Father that my past doesn’t keep me from having a great future with You. Help me to focus on the future You have for me, not the one the world says is available, or my family and friends say I am destined to have, but the one You have for me. Because I know Your opinion of me and what I can do is the only opinion that matters.
In Jesus’ name.