Today’s Tasting: Exodus 10-12: In this part of the Exodus story, we are told of three more plagues that came upon the Egyptians—swarms of locusts, a thick darkness that lasted three days, and finally, the death of every first-born Egyptian. After this last plague, Pharaoh finally gave in and agreed to free the Israelites. They had been in Egypt for 430 years! Before they left Egypt the Lord gave Moses instructions for observing the first Passover feast. Throughout these events, we see that God honored his promise and protected the Israelites.
Moses said, “This is what the LORD says: At midnight I’ll go throughout Egypt.5 Every oldest child in the land of Egypt will die, from the oldest child of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the oldest child of the servant woman by the millstones, and all the first offspring of the animals. Then a terrible cry of agony will echo through the whole land of Egypt unlike any heard before or that ever will be again.7 But as for the Israelites, not even a dog will growl at them, at the people, or at their animals. By this, you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. –Exodus 11:4-7
People couldn’t see each other, and they couldn’t go anywhere for three days. But the Israelites all had light where they lived. –Exodus 10:23
Today’s Nourishment: God’s faithfulness is evident throughout the Bible—and it is just as evident today. There are times in all our lives when we are in situations that seem so tough that we can hardly imagine God is there with us. Can you imagine how the Israelites felt? By the time we get to this part of the Exodus story, they had experienced so many tragic events they must have felt their lives had been turned upside down. I know there are times in my life when I have honestly wondered where God was, only to realize later just how much he truly was there. We’ve all heard the saying “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” I would say that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle—with his help.” You see, God is always with us. He hears our cries. The challenge for us is to remember that He is there with us, and that all we have to do is seek His guidance—and then listen to what He answers.
So, the next time you think your circumstances are tougher than you can handle, remember the Israelites. God got them through the challenges they were facing and he will get you through your challenges too.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Exodus 13-15