By Sandra Robles
July 10, 2010

Fireworks…God’s Way!

I am so excited this morning!   After reading my Bible study, some old yet familiar words were made more clear by a new and exciting understanding.  I tried to call a couple of my Christian friends to share but alas, no one answered the phone.  God has clearly directed me to share my good news with YOU dear reader!  It is OK to roll your eyes…Ms. Sandra is on another of her Jesus “rants!”

Seriously, when is the last time you read Exodus 5-12?  This is the familiar story of Moses and Pharaoh and the 10 plagues that God brought on Egypt.  Go read (it will help you understand my thoughts) and as you do, consider, if you will, that it is not Egypt about whom you read but America…extend Pharaoh into Obama (the king)…even consider the magicians as Congress.

For me, it is easier to understand the NIV version and I do so enjoy the footnotes.  For my fellow Baptists, King James version is KING…the final word…and I use the NIV as a tool to better understand.  So chill out King James junkies and praise the Lord for his Word!

I know, I know…you are chomping at the bit wondering what I “saw” as so exiting.  In a nutshell, I saw the mighty Hand of God at work in America.  Duh you say.  Of course God is at work in our country.  This time, what I saw…felt…discerned was the opposite of what I have been feeling lately.  Have any of my fellow Christians felt that we are being punished?  Judged?  Have you felt an overall sense of foreboding, powerlessness, discouragement, negativity?  Comparing ourselves to the story in these chapters, have we felt like the Israelites when they were forced to not only keep up their production of bricks but take on the additional task of locating their own straw?  All they saw was more work, more suffering, and no change (but for the worse) to their enslavement to Pharaoh.  Is that not what we Christian Conservatives feel?

Well, it is high time we had an attitude adjustment!  And that is just what this study has accomplished in me!  Hopefully, I can explain this well enough that you too can see the glorious Hand of our Lord setting up BIG things for His people in this land.

It was God that hardened Pharaoh’s heart.  (Think Obummer here)

“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you…” Ex 7:3-4

Do you ever feel that nobody is listening to us? 

God did not harden Pharaoh’s heart to hurt or punish the Israelites.  God set up what seemed to be insurmountable problems in order that He might intervene with His mighty power and perform great miracles to deliver them!  As the footnotes say “Big problems put you in a perfect position to watch God give big answers!”  God was creating for Himself the opportunity to exercise His great power for the benefit of His children!  And guess what!  God delivered His people, redeemed them, just as he delivers, accepts, and becomes our God!

Obummer doesn’t have a chance!  He is up against our Mighty Omnipotent God and exhibits the exact same behavior as did Pharaoh.  Pharaoh lied to Moses.  Pharaoh lied to the people.  Pharaoh attempted to enslave the people.  Pharaoh felt equal to God.  Pharaoh refused to obey God.  Pharaoh attempted to manipulate God.  Pharaoh refused to acknowledge God’s power.  And Pharaoh was defeated!

Think about those “magicians” that Pharaoh called into his royal court.  (Think Congress here)  Pharaoh used these magicians to prove his point that he was as powerful as God.  They, however, through trickery or illusion…or demonic assistance, were FAKES.  These magicians only succeeded in making the plagues worse.  Had they any power they would have reversed the plagues rather than intensifying the problems for Pharaoh.  Did I say “Think Congress here” LOL!

Let’s take a look at the “Blood” plague.  Not only did the Nile waters turn to blood, every cistern and pot in the kingdom that contained water turned to blood.  The fish died, the river smelled, and the people had no clean water to drink.  And we thought the Gulf Oil spill was bad!  Deja’ Vu is an understatement!

Do you get my point here?  Big bad things are happening in America today.  We may not be experiencing an infestation of frogs or locusts but we are experiencing other “plagues” such as high unemployment, destruction of our economy and dollar, and moral decay.  Does this mean we are sunk?  Were the Israelites “sunk?”  NO!  God delivered them!

We need to be on God watch, friends.  We need to look for the BIG miracles coming our way…because God’s mighty power WILL deliver us if we turn to him and repent…He WILL heal our land.  We also need to pay attention to the small miracles that happen in our lives everyday.  That we have water, food, shelter, families, or our health offers proof of  God’s blessings in our lives.  These are all gifts from God, daily miracles, that we take for granted.

The Lord is truly setting up America for BIG miracles.  Even though it may get worse before it gets better, as in the case of the Israelites, it WILL get better.  We are witnessing God’s preparation for the ultimate fireworks show of his power that will drop us all to our knees in worship.  I am getting excited!  What a wonderful time to be alive and witness God’s movement throughout our land!

All we have to do while waiting on the show is trust Him to do what is best for us, look for ways to honor him no matter our current circumstance, remember He will NOT abandon us…and watch as his plan unfolds before our very own eyes. 

“Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgement I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Isrealites out of it.”  Ex. 7:4-5

What a great study!

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