Day 9: The Power of God

"all the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. And the gnats were on men and animals. The magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God."

Exodus 8:17-19, NIV 


It is interesting to see how God can use the smallest thing to prove His presence and power. God used miraculous signs to show Pharaoh that He was God, but Pharaoh's "magicians" were able to reproduce the initial miracles by their own craft. While their so-called "secret arts" were nothing more than tricks, they convinced Pharaoh that the signs performed though Moses and Aaron were nothing to worry about, so he didn't.


Then God brought on the gnats.


Gnats are really small, but they can be really, really irritating. And, try though they did, the magicians could not conjure up any gnats. That is when they began to realize what they were up against. Moses and Aaron were not performing these signs through trickery: They were performing them by the power of God! And Pharaoh's magicians who were expert in recognizing a fake (it takes one to know one) from a mile away, saw that this plague was truly from the finger of God.


Have you ever noticed how often God uses the small things to display His power. A kernel of corn starts off small, but when planted in God's soil and nourished by God's sunshine and rain it becomes a plant filled with thousands of other kernels of corn. A baby is about as small of a thing as you can find when he or she first begins to develop, but he rapidly transforms into something that every honest person can see is nothing short of a miracle.


In fact, God's creation is so filled with daily miracles that proclaim His power, so that men who do not acknowledge Him are deemed to be without excuse. This was certainly true of Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt and they paid a heavy penalty for their refusal to see and acknowledge the power of God. In a similar manner, those who refuse to recognize the evidence of God's power in this world in which we live will pay a heavy toll for their stubborn hearts. In fact, just as the nation of Egypt was brought to total ruin, God has decreed that those who refuse to see His power in their time will be utterly and forever without excuse.


Do you see the power of God at work in your life? Then do something about it!


"The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness; since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse."

Romans 1:18-20, NIV


Today is the 9th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the Books of Moses. The reading for today consists of the 7th through the 12th chapters of Exodus. May God richly bless your life as you seek Him and as you do His will!