SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God is now going to punish the nation of Egypt for their disbelief and disobedience.
- The Egyptian people will tremble in fear before God. They will also turn on one another. And will be disoriented and full of sadness.
- Instead of turning to God, they are worshipping idols, spirits of the dead, mediums and psychics.
- They will be ruled by a cruel master from a foreign land. Every wage earner in Egypt will be effected. The Nile river will dry up. The canals will smell. The plants and crops along the river will die. There will be no fish in the river. There will be no crops from which to make fabrics and linens.
- The Egyptians will be led by foolish counselors who have no understanding of how to deal with God's judgement. These leaders will lead the people astray.
- We see reference to a time to come in the future when the Egyptians will come to faith in God and acknowledge and worship him. They will turn to God and he will respond to their pleas.
- Lack of faith and belief in God does not spare anyone from God's notice or His judgment.
- In times of fear and sadness, we should turn to God and rely on Him for strength.
- No matter how far away from God we feel, he is waiting to hear our pleas and he will respond.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Maybe life is really throwing you some curveballs right now. And maybe you are feeling sad or scared. This could be a great time to try leaning into God as a source of strength. If you haven't prayed before this might be a great time to talk to God one on one.
- Maybe ask others to pray for you too. Maybe spend some time reading the bible, specifically focusing on those who leaned into God while struggling and afraid as well. The book of Job, shows us someone leaning into God while navigating through heartache and devastation. The book of Psalms has a lot of prayers of King David as he leans into God, while he is being hunted down by people who want to kill him.