Text: Exodus 5-8; Psalm 22:1-11
When the Lord begins to visit plagues upon the Egyptians so that Pharaoh might let God’s people go free, the court “magicians” respond. The first two plagues come – miracles of the waters of the Nile turning to blood and a plague of frogs coming on the land. So these magicians do their own sorcery and replicate the miracles of God. It is an important truth that there are demonic forces strong enough to do such magic. It is real, and it is dangerous. We see it here at work as an attempt to discredit what God is doing. This is the same way we should expect the demonic to work in our day.
But, note that the magicians cannot keep up with God. When the third plague – gnats – comes along, this happens:
The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”
Simply put, when the dark side confronts the Lord, the Lord always wins. Demons are real, and we need to be wary. But we need never fear, because they will always lose. If you are experiencing spiritual opposition in your walk with God, do not lose heart. Hang in there and watch God win!
in Him, Mike