Saturday, April 25, 2009

River of Treachery

And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.'"
Exodus 7:19

And the LORD said to Moses, "Say to Aaron, 'Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt!'"
Exodus 8:5

River of Treachery

As we travel a few chapters more in the Bible, we find that the river is now a river of treachery. What has happened to the river? In yesterday's devotional we spoke of the river as our refuge, and today it has become a river of treachery. How can that be?

The answer does not lie in the river! The answer lies in God, Himself. Just as God used the river as a refuge for Baby Moses, He is now using the very same river to bring judgment upon the land of Egypt. God used the wickedness of Pharaoh to drive the Israelites from the land of Egypt. But, because of Pharaoh's tyranny against the children of Israel, God would bring the land of Egypt to its knees.

I think it is significant to note that we are talking about the very same river. It is easy for us to become attached to something or someone and to view them as the reason for our salvation or our happiness as a Christian. Or, we may even have a "lucky charm." But that same "lucky charm" for us may be the source of evil for another. How important for us to understand that our focus must always remain on the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is true that God gives us many comforts in this life, which give us great enjoyment. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as we remember that everything good in our lives is given to us by the hand of God.

Often, we want more credit for the good we do. But, there is no room for pride in the life of the Christian. Who were we that we deserved our salvation? We should pattern our life after the Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was truly God and truly man, when a man called Him, Good Master, Christ replied, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone." (Mark 10:18)

Go today, to this Good God, and thank Him for all He has given to you, and praise Him for His grace and mercy.

"Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?"
Exodus 15:11

God Bless You,

All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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