Growing up in the church, I have heard countless sermons and teachings on “the plagues.” I find that I often get very distracted by the craziness happening in this story. Am I only the one to get a bit distracted by imagining thousands of frogs covering everything or realizing how creepy that many locusts would be? Or contemplating the great sadness that must have surrounded all of those people affected by the Passover? It’s also really easy for me to get caught up thinking about this Pharaoh character and what his deal was. I cannot help but think that if a plague of boils didn’t get him to change his mind, I’m pretty sure I would have lost hope.
And that is where I landed in this story this morning. Thinking about Moses and Aaron. Their faithfulness is inspiring. I am pretty sure I would not be nearly as faithful. I think that if I were Moses and Aaron and God said that He was going to turn the water to blood, my first thought would not have been, “okay, I bet this will turn out great!” My cynical self would have thought that if such drastic measures had been necessary, perhaps this would never work at all. And by the time there were locusts and darkness, I’m pretty sure I would have given up. I don’t think I would have made it to Passover, and if by some chance I had, I sure that would have completely rocked my faith. Even reading about it is hard.
Of course, we do not get to hear the thoughts of Moses and Aaron recorded in Scripture but we do get to hear their words and see their actions, which display an incredible amount of faith. Perhaps, on the inside they were fearful or maybe even cynical, but I really don’t think so. This entire passage is very clear. God spoke to them, they spoke to the people and then they all endured the plague, and then it all happened again and again until the Passover. It seems to me that if they were lacking in faith at all, this would have been when that would have been clear. Instead, we are left with a beautiful example of faithfulness and how that type of faith can free a nation.
Maybe I’m the only one that struggles with faith sometimes. Maybe I’m the only one that struggles with being a tad cynical when God is just asking me to trust. Maybe that’s just me. But today, my specific prayer is that God will help to have a faith that reflects the faith of Moses and Aaron. A faith that is sure, and stable even in the most difficult of circumstances. A faith that surpasses my cynicism. If by chance, you find yourself also struggling with this from time to time, won’t you join me in that prayer as well, and maybe we can even help each other like Moses and Aaron?