Hear My Voice
“Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain (severe pestilence). And the LORD shall sever (make a distinction) between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children's of Israel.” Exodus 9:1-4
In March 2020, the world changed on many levels, and what we were accustomed to was drastically altered. We were in California the final week before everything started to shut down, and we even enjoyed a day at Knott’s Berry Farm, which now seems like a distant memory. We dined in establishments that did not require masks, and at that time, I am sure it would have been frowned on to wear a mask. We came back to Arizona and slowly started to understand that things going forward would not be the same.
Our kids’ spring break was extended an extra week, which then turned to distance learning for the remainder of the school year. In the next couple of weeks, Rebekah and I began working from home, and we all had to get used to being home together at the same time, all the time. We were thankful to still be employed, and this adjustment was a minor inconvenience compared to some who lost their jobs and experienced serious difficulties.
Being at home with the kids did not turn out too bad as the world seemed to stop, and we were able to spend more time together and actually enjoyed it. Time is a precious thing and COVID allowed us to stop our busy activities and focus on other things. My idol of sports went on a hiatus, and it did not seem to be important at all. I had time to read my Bible and pray and had no excuses to give as I was given time back. The noise of our schedules and commitments stopped, and it was if God was resetting things that were truly important. God can use all things for our good and for His honor and glory.
God is always speaking if we will only listen to His voice, and in this instance recorded for us in Exodus, He spoke directly to Pharaoh through Moses. He gave a clear command to let His people go and described the consequences if Pharaoh chose not to obey. God said He would make a clear distinction between the cattle of the Egyptians and the cattle of the Israelites. Cattle was an idol to the Egyptians and God was about to remove their idol to get Pharaoh’s attention. Matthew 10:29 states, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.” God controls all things and is able to use the all things for His honor and glory.
What have you put above God in your life so you are not able to hear His commands? What is He trying to tell you that you are simply ignoring? What does He need to remove from your life so you can see Him more clearly? Will you hear His command or will you face the judgement that God will impose? May God use this time of change in our lives to realign our priorities with His, and to quiet the noise and pull of the world. II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Our land needs healing, but more importantly, we need Jesus Christ. May we be obedient to God’s commands, and may we impact eternity for Him.
Stay in the fight!