Topic: Everything Counts [DCLM Daily Manna 16 February 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Exodus 8:1-15
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.
2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs:
3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:
4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt.
6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.
7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.
8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD.
9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only?
10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God.
11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.
12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh.
13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.
14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.
15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
KEY VERSE: “And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into thine ovens and into thy kneadingtroughs” (Exodus 8:3)
The book of Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Conversely, when a man’s ways displease the Lord, he will make his friends to be at enmity with him.
At this time in Egypt, frogs had become a menace. Their huge number was irritating and unbearable. They had overtaken everywhere and the Egyptians were overwhelmed. Pharaoh had become adamant despite seeing strange things that should convince him that Moses and Aaron were not just pursuing a human agenda.
God knew that Pharaoh would not yield but He wanted to prove to him that He created the whole universe and everything therein. In the scheme of His programme, nothing is taken for granted; every one of His creatures on earth counts. God can use even the least of His creations to prove a point. In Egypt, frogs were not strange creatures. But on this particular day, frogs became the talk of the town; it was on the lips of everyone. God can magnify the least of His creatures. As children of God, we are far greater than any of His creatures. If He could find these little creatures useful in turning the hearts of the wicked, how much more those who have been redeemed by the blood of His dear Son, Jesus Christ!
We must realise that every creation of God has its special purpose. Believers are worth more than anything else. God wants to work in us and with us; He wants to work through us and we must be willing to yield to His will. The plague of frogs could not permanently change the heart of Pharaoh because the heart of man is deceptive and desperately wicked. We must stay true to our calling. Even if it seems that our outreach to people is not making the desired impact in the immediate, we should continue on that right path.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Your good efforts will yield the desired fruit at God’s time.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Luke 1-2
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
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