While the Egyptian livestock dies, the livestock of the Hebrew people remains healthy. Yet, Pharaoh’s heart was unyielding and he would not let the people go. Next ash was thrown into the air, and as it fell on the people, it became boils over all the Egyptian people & animals. And even in the face of this worsening situation, Pharaoh’s heart remains hard towards the Lord, and he would not let the people go. But it is interesting to see how patient the Lord is, and how unwilling he is to unleash the devastation he could of from the beginning. Finally the threat of hailstorms!
Each time another event is to occur, Moses & Aaron confront Pharaoh and demand that the people of God be allowed to go and worship. Each situation is progressively more catastrophic for the people; each sign along the way should be enabling Pharaoh to recognize the truth of the presence and power of the Lord God Almighty, and that he requires obedience.
But now we see some changes emerging in the response of the Egyptians. Those officials of Pharaoh who feared the word of the Lord hurried to bring their slaves and their livestock inside. For the Lord gave warning of what was to happen, and those who had seen and were now perceiving, heard, and were now listening; did what was wise, what the Lord had commanded them to do, and their slaves and livestock were saved.
John Lennon coined the words “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans.” Life can be hard, and challenging for all of us. We have a choice in these times of challenge and struggle. We can be hardened, become bitter, as each ensuing trouble engulfs us, or we can choose to respond to the grace of the Lord, as these wise officials did, and experience the abundance blessings that come from trusting in the Word of God. We still may go through hardship, grief, disappointment, but we won’t experience it alone, for we will know the comfort of knowing that the Lord has a way forward, as we put our trust in his presence and power. What do you choose?