Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham. The LORD made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants. He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron, whom he had chosen. They performed his signs among them, his wonders in the land of Ham. He sent darkness and made the land dark—for had they not rebelled against his words? He turned their waters into blood, causing their fish to die. Their land teemed with frogs, which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers. He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, and gnats throughout their country. He turned their rain into hail, with lightning throughout their land; he struck down their vines and fig trees and shattered the trees of their country. He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number; they ate up every green thing in their land, ate up the produce of their soil. Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land, the firstfruits of all their manhood. He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered. Egypt was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on them.
Have you experienced a situation where God’s great blessings made things worse? That’s what happened to the nation of Israel. After moving to Egypt to escape death by famine, God blessed them and “made his people very fruitful.” But the growth in numbers became a threat and soon Israel lived under Egypt’s oppression.
Today’s passage recounts God’s intervention. He sent Moses and Aaron to deliver the nation from cruelty and tyranny. God demonstrated His power with a series of supernatural actions. Finally, Egypt relented and “was glad when they left, because dread of Israel had fallen on them.”
The story of Israel’s deliverance is a great reminder that we are never forsaken or forgotten. Our God is a God who sees. He never takes His eyes off those He loves. He is on your side. He is the great Deliverer. Keep praying. Keep waiting. Keep watching.
Father, thank You for being the great Deliverer. Help me to wait patiently and expectantly for You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.