“But this time I will spare the region of Goshen, where my people live.
No flies will be found there…Then you will know that I am the Lord…
I will make a clear distinction between my people and your people.”
At some point in our lives, most of us have asked the big question, “Why doesn’t God spare His believers from tragedy?” We read in Exodus that God made a clear distinction between His people and the Egyptians when He judged that nation through the plagues. But history proves that the people of God are not always spared. Sometimes we too experience tragedy.
However, it is interesting to note that there were two specific distinctions of protection in Exodus that remain with God’s people today. First, when the land of Egypt was covered with darkness so thick that people could not see each other, “…there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.” And again, when a loud wail of mourning arose across Egypt as every firstborn died, in the homes of the Israelites it was so peaceful that not even a dog barked.
These scenes typify our hurting world today: darkness so thick you can feel it, and pain so great you can hear it. Yet, in the middle of such chaos, light and peace rule as usual in the hearts of God’s people. God’s clear distinction is not showcased by protection from tragedy around us, but by His Light and Peace that are displayed through us!
Father, help my heart rest in that clear distinction today!