Devotional Thought : Exodus 8:19
The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” Exodus 8:19
At this point in the plague narratives we see that some Egyptians were starting to realize that something genuinely spiritual was happening, and it affects their behaviour. In the next chapter when warned of the plague of hail we read that, “Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. But those who ignored the word of the Lord left their slaves and livestock in the field” (Exodus 9:20-21). Later some had been so impacted by the plagues that they left Egypt with the Israelites (Exodus 12:38).
In verse quoted above, the magicians also realized that something of spiritual significance was happening. They knew the plague of gnats was not magic but had to be God. Thus revealing that they knew all along that what they were doing was not by the power of any god but was magic. God puts the magicians in a situation where they have to say, “Only God could have done that.” Even though Pharaoh refused to see it.
In our day, we also find God putting people in situations that only he could have orchestrated. God has his people reconnecting with acquaintances, perhaps like the Egyptians who knew Moses from his time in the palace. But now, they are doing things – perhaps leading or preaching, that they would never have done before, all because of the difference God has made in their lives. Some stop to consider what has caused the change but others refused to believe the evidence in front of their eyes.
What about you? Will you acknowledge the difference God can make in a person’s life? And the difference he can make in yours?