[CF Devotionals] 2012-07-23 - What Would an Egyptian Say?

Exodus 7:20-21, 8:1-10:23

And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt, the land was ruined by the flies. (Exodus 8:24)

There are many times I wonder why I was born in the era I was. For whatever purpose, God has me on Earth now, amidst wild animals and insects. We’ve gone through plagues of each, and by the time one ends and another begins, we’re left wondering is that it or will there be more to endure.

It all started when our water turned to blood. The visual of the velvety water is still etched in my mind. How would we survive without fresh water? It smelled horrible, once the fish died. The frogs were the second. Every house in Egypt was attacked; no one was safe, not even Pharaoh. I tried to get away from the pests, but they were everywhere. No remedy seemed to work to get rid of them. When the frogs finally left, I was relieved.

Then - who could forget the gnats? They were another uninvited house guest,and left havoc on our land. You could not swat enough of them. They buzzed around, what a nuisance. Something had to be done. Then our livestock died, and people and the remaining animals got sores. There was no escaping these catastrophes.

Then there was the hailstorm. It was unlike a storm Egypt has ever experienced. It was terrifying. Some people, cattle, and crops were destroyed. It will take us awhile to recover. Locusts arrived and ate everything in sight. After that darkness fell on the land for three days. I don’t know how I lived through all these plagues. It must mean God isn’t done with me yet.

Lord, I can’t believe I am the only one on this planet that struggles. God, give me the help to embrace my past and present, and hope that my future will not always be plagued with the darkness I have fallen into. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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