In today’s reading I find something interesting. Pharaoh’s magicians go toe to toe with Moses and Aaron over the first few plagues. They’re able to duplicate what the Lord is doing. Aaron throws down his staff and it becomes a snake, next think you know, Pharaoh’s magicians are doing the same thing. Then the Lord tells Moses and Aaron to strike the Nile so that the water turns to blood, and again Pharaoh’s magicians do the same thing. We see it happen again with the plague of frogs.
And then they start to have some issues. Apparently the secret arts they were using could summon frogs, but not gnats. When they couldn’t duplicate the plague they advised Pharaoh that this was indeed the hand of God. Of course Pharaoh had already chosen to harden his heart, and God continued to stiffen the decision Pharaoh had already made, so he once again chose not to listen. The last time we see the magicians is during the plague of boils. They’re so stricken by the boils that they can’t stand before Moses, let alone work their own magic tricks.
It’s important to note that just because someone does something that we can’t understand, or just because a situation has a miraculous characteristics, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the work of God. Satan is a counterfeit. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 says “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.”
So how do you distinguish between real miracles and the counterfeits Satan produces? It takes discernment and being in a right relationship with God. John 10:27-30 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Know God and follow Him.