They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan. For he turned their rivers into blood, so no one could drink from the streams. He sent vast swarms of flies to consume them and hordes of frogs to ruin them. He gave their crops to caterpillars; their harvest was consumed by locusts. He destroyed their grapevines with hail and shattered their sycamore-figs with sleet. He abandoned their cattle to the hail, their livestock to bolts of lightening. He loosed on them his fierce anger -- all his fury, rage and hostility. He dispatched against them a band of destroying angels. He turned his anger against them; he did not spare the Egyptians' lives but ravaged them with the plague. He killed the oldest son in each Egyptian family, the flower of youth throughout the land of Egypt. Psalm 78: 43-51 NLT
In just a few verses, we have the whole story of God convincing Pharaoh to let his people go. I had not realized how God hit the Egyptians' economy, not just providing some interesting supernatural phenomenon. God destroyed their crops and livestock as well as removing their drinking water and their food. Then God attacked their very bodies, ending with the deaths of the firstborn males. The future of the Egyptians – from what they would be eating, to how they would be sustaining themselves in the world market, to the future of their families – was all put into jeopardy. And the people of God forgot about all this?
What have you forgotten that God has done for you?
God, help us to have good memory of what you have done for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims