Epidemics and catastrophes have been around for sometime. They fall under the heading plagues and can be attributed to divine judgment on occasion (Exodus 9:14) as in the case of the 10 plagues of Egypt. I believe that both our Lord and Savior do not desire to send these judgments upon us but when mankind hardens their hearts, close their minds and try to trap God and Christ (for example agnostics and atheists) then it seems inevitable.
In Exodus chapters 7-12 we read of the ten Egyptian plagues used by God to free the Jews from Egyptian slavery. God turned against the Egyptians what they worshiped (River Nile, beetles, frogs, and weather). A message for we today who seem to be more about worshiping nature than nature’s God.
The message behind the Egyptians plagues seems clear. When the Israelite’s were told to slaughter a lamb and place the blood over their door posts to avoid the angel of death. We today are also only saved by our taking on the blood of the Lamb of God (Christ Jesus). Indeed it is as the words of one famous hymn which states “nothing but the blood of Jesus”. We all need to gaze toward heaven with spiritual eyes on our raised Messiah from where our help comes.
The final judgment one day will again bring plagues upon the earth (Revelation 8:6 through chapter 9), Today we read of asteroids coming dangerously close to earth and so much more. For all of us I believe it is TIME TO LOOK UP.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Plagues are a plight that should bring us to prayer and confession.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Exodus 9:14 “plagues are divine judgment”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord my faith is always and only in You.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What is the fine line between worshiping nature versus appreciating nature?
- What does it mean to see with spiritual eyes?
- What are the final plagues or judgments recorded in Revelations chapters 8 and 9?
- What end time signs seem to be stirring as a possible warning?