Daily Manna Devotional 16-2-19
A CLEAR DIFFERENCE
TEXT: Exodus 8:16-24
KEY VERSE: “And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.” – (Exodus 8:23).
Reproof and punishment are mild ways of deterring an offender, so that he does not continue in wrongdoing. But if the offender remains adamant and incorrigible so that the reproof cannot achieve its desired effect, then the result is unavoidably fatal, with unintended consequences upon other innocent and hapless souls.
The scriptures clearly declare that “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverb 29:1). But the issue here is not that of the destruction of one man and his family, but that of a whole nation. At the point, there had been three plagues: the plagues of blood, frogs and lice. And this was to be the fourth – flies.
It is inconceivable that a man born of a woman could so brazenly challenge his Creator. The magicians acknowledged the ‘finger of God’ as being superior to all other powers. It would have been wise to surrender, but not Pharaoh whose heart had stubbornly reached a point of no return.
There is no way the Almighty would go into competition with mortal man. All that He did with every plague was to increasingly lead Pharaoh to recognise how futile it is for man to fight his Creator. Is there any tendency of Pharaoh in you? Show it the exit door out of your heart and ask God to forgive and cleanse you. It is perilous to fight with one’s Maker. Don’t be foolhardy. Turn around and let Christ occupy every area of your life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is foolishness for a man to challenge his Maker
DAILY BIBLE READING: Luke 1-2