There are occasions when the meteorologist can forecast hurricanes and tornados because of incredible technology available to us. I remember seeing the leaves blow and turn over and I was told that a storm was coming. There are times when we can see disaster on the horizon. Some economist can make predictions about an economic disaster that is looming. There are people predict impending doom out of predictors that are happening. Moses was not predicting disaster on Egypt – he was warning them straight up about what is about to happen. Check this out…
4 So Moses said, ‘This is what the Lord says: “About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. 5 Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. 6 There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt – worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. 7 But among the Israelites not a dog will bark at any person or animal.” Then you will know that the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel. 8 All these officials of yours will come to me, bowing down before me and saying, “Go, you and all the people who follow you!” After that I will leave.’ Then Moses, hot with anger, left Pharaoh. (Exodus 11:4-8 NIV)
I can hardly put my head around what is about to happen. Moses is obviously frustrated and angry that this situation has reached this point. God has sent 8 other plagues to showcase His Power and His Presence. Pharaoh and his leadership team are ignoring what is going on, or they have super short-term memory. God is about to bring a massive disaster upon the land of Egypt. I am a Dad and I simply can’t imagine the pain that is about to be inflicted on Egypt. The loss of life in any disaster is painful, but in this case every single family will be dealing with the death of a family member. I have been convicted recently that I’ve been guilty of putting my family and my love for my family ahead of love for God. God doesn’t want me to love my family less, He just wants me to love Him more.
If I see or hear of disaster looming on the horizon, I should take precautions and make preparation. If there is a storm warning, I should take cover. If I feel in danger in my heart, I should make preparation. When disaster comes, I will keep holding on to the Hand that saved me in the first place and He will walk me through whatever I face. His Presence in the middle of a disaster or time of suffering is immeasurable. I will not let go of His hand even when everything is calm and I sure don’t intend to let go His hand in the middle of a disaster.