Today’s text for our yearlong series, Blogging Through The Bible in 2020, comes from Exodus 9. Exodus 9:16 says, “But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”
This is a conversation that Moses is relaying from God to Pharaoh. God has been raining down the plagues on Egypt. Each plague was aimed at revealing the power and control God truly has. Every time Pharaoh makes a promise to let Israel go, as soon as God stops the current plague, Pharaoh goes back on his word. This is clearly a sign that Pharaoh is choosing to disobey God, and ignore God’s command. Yet even in Pharaoh’s life, God has a purpose. It is a purpose that is much bigger than just Pharaoh. It is about Pharaoh and all of the people in Egypt.
Some of what God is showing us here in this passage is that He is the One who is truly in control. He is able to start something and stop it anytime He wants. God is showing us that He is the One who appoints leaders. That was not only true in Pharaoh’s day, but it is also true in our day. This doesn’t mean that every leader is a good leader. Rather, it is that God has a purpose for those He puts in leadership. God is also showing that He is gracious, patient, and just. All of this is God revealing His nature and His character to Pharaoh and those around him. This leads to the biggest lesson for us in this, the Gospel is for the world. Just as the plagues were not only for Pharaoh, but for others to know who God is; the message of the cross is for the world. God not only has a plan for everything, He also has a purpose for everyone. God can use anyone and anything to draw people to Himself. God also uses people and events to reveal our heart to us. He does this by how we respond to a situation. As hard as it is to think about it this way, how you and I respond to people or situations, says more about us than it does about them. One of the most loving things that God can do for us is to reveal our heart to us. It is loving, because we are prone to lying to ourselves about our motives, intentions, and attitudes. However, God can use our actions to reveal the truth about who we are, and what is in our heart. As painful as this can be, it is incredibly necessary. Only when we realize how sick we are, can we accurately recognize our need for a cure.
When God reveals that our heart is right with Him, we should praise Him for His grace and mercy. However, when God reveals that our heart isn’t right, the only proper response to Him is confession and repentance. James 1:2 says that we are to count it “joy when we fall into various temptations.” Count it joy when things go wrong, did I read that right? Yes we did! We can do that when we remember that every person and every situation in our life serves a purpose. How I respond to difficult situations demonstrates where my faith is. How I respond to difficult people reveals who God is to me. So the next time you find yourself in a tough situation or dealing with a tough person, take a moment and ask, what could God be trying to teach me or reveal to me? Then, let’s respond accordingly and in a way that glorifies Him.
By His grace and for His glory,