Egypt is on the threshold of the most gruesome, horrific event ever to be endured. “Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again,” (11:6).
The eye darkened by disbelief and doubt perceives the LORD as harsh, merciless and cruel; can we trust such a God? Beyond the backdrop of human anguish, heartbreak and incomparable suffering is God, perfectly trustworthy, good and faithful, yet just in all His ways. In God’s own words to Moses we see His multifaceted description of His character.
“Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations,’” (Exodus 34:6-7).
As we contemplate His interactions with two nations, this fact must remain at the forefront: He will never act contrary to the truth of Himself; He Is Trustworthy. His justice does not diminish His lovingkindness. In every action He Is Trustworthy to Himself and to His people, for He simply cannot lie, “in which it is impossible for God to lie,” (Hebrews 6:18).
Consider Him Who Is Trustworthy
- He Is Trustworthy; He dispels confusion in Moses.
- “Now the Lord said to Moses, ‘One more plague I will bring on Pharaoh and on Egypt; after that he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out from here completely,'” (11:1).
- He Is Trustworthy; He brings favor and provision to His people.
- “‘Speak now in the hearing of the people that each man ask from his neighbor and each woman from her neighbor for articles of silver and articles of gold.’ 3 The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians,” (11:2-3).
- He Is Trustworthy; He grants esteemed reputation to His chosen one.
- “Furthermore, the man Moses himself was greatly esteemed in the land of Egypt, both in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people,” (11:3).
- He Is Trustworthy; He divulges yet another warning to the rebellious.
- “Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord, “About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the firstborn of the cattle as well,”‘” (11:4-6).
- He Is Trustworthy; He protects His people from judgment.
- “But against any of the sons of Israel a dog will not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel,” (11:7).
- He Is Trustworthy; He imparts perfect perspective.
- “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt,’” (11:9).
How can we respond to Him Who Is Trustworthy?
- Let us run to His Word in faith with our confusion. He Is Trustworthy to guide our next step through the light of His Word.
- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path,” (Psalm 119:105).
- Let us trust Him to grant favor and provision in all our needs; He Is Trustworthy to provide.
- “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:19).
- Let us seek approval from Jesus and leave our reputations in His Trustworthy hands.
- “…as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus,” (Acts 4:13).
- Let us pray for those who must heed His warnings, the unbeliever as well as believer. He Is Trustworthy to show compassion on all who turn to Him.
- “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him,” (Isaiah 30:18).
- Oh thank Him that we are spared His judgment, as we trust Jesus, our Salvation.
- “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1).
- Let us seek His perfect perspective as we live with our eyes fixed on Him Alone Who Is Trustworthy.
- “…while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal,” (2 Corinthians 4:18).