Friday, March 15, 2013

Light in Egypt

No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.
Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.   Exodus 10:23

You know the story. God sent Moses to Egypt to demand, in the name of the Lord, that Pharaoh release the Israelites from slavery and allow them to go to their promised land. Repeatedly, Pharaoh refused,  denying the sovereignty of God. The plague of darkness was the ninth plague. By this time, the Israelites were becoming convinced of God’s power as the One and Only Lord.

The Egyptians were in the dark – why? Because they refused to believe in the Lord of Lords.

Why did the Israelites have light? They believed in the Lord and His power. Although their faith was weak, they were growing stronger, one step at a time.

Can you imagine their joy and amazement as they walked to the boundary of their land and saw complete darkness just beyond their borders?

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one
who believes in me should stay in darkness.   John 12:46

I met the Lord as a teenager, sitting on the floor in the den, watching Billy Graham. I knew Jesus was born at Christmas and I knew songs like "Jesus Loves the Little Children," but, until that moment, those words hadn't penetrated my heart. What a marvelous feeling, a joy and a wonder, as God’s light filled my heart! 
How have you felt God’s light feel your heart? Either for the first time or as He wiped away the darkness of sorrow or bitterness?

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