The Nile had turned to blood. Frogs, gnats, and flies had invaded the land. Then livestock died, both people and animals suffered from festering boils, God rained down destructive hail, locusts swarmed, and darkness covered the land. God had revealed His amazing power, and He would continue to do so. But don’t miss what He told Moses to pass along to Pharaoh: “By now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague, and you would have been obliterated from the earth” (9:15).
The power the Egyptians and Israelites were seeing was only a sliver of what God is capable of. The same God who created the universe by His mere word could speak the Egyptians out of existence. Egypt was not seeing God’s full power for one reason: grace. It was God’s grace that withheld the rightful judgment the Egyptians, and the Israelites, deserved. This is the message of the gospel. God is holy and powerful and we deserve judgment, yet God is loving and merciful, which is why He withholds His judgment from us and has placed it on His Son instead for those who believe in Him.
What can you do to be more aware of God’s grace toward you day-by-day and minute-by-minute?