“Let my people go.” God told Moses to say these words to Pharaoh several times throughout the book of Exodus. But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he did not listen to God. As a result, Pharaoh’s people experienced multiple plagues which built up to the painful and tragic deaths of all of their firstborn sons. “Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt – worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.” Exodus 11:5 & 6.
Looking at our culture, I can see a lot of hard hearts that are turned away from God. I can see several modern-day plagues as well.
The Plague of Broken Families – the divorce rate just keeps rising and now large numbers of kids are being raised by single parents. Many of these parents are trying their hardest but how much better it would be if they had a loving partner to share the responsibilities so that their kids could experience all of the blessings of growing up in an unbroken family.
The Plague of ‘It’s All OK’ – it’s all ok as long as you don’t get caught. Integrity is a lost value in our culture – we lost it at the same time we lost a correct sense of right and wrong. Morality is a scary word to use these days.
The Plague of Emptiness – people are working harder and longer to pay off a mountain of debt that just keeps growing as they buy things they think will make them happy. After buying the next thing and the initial happiness wears off, they start to look for the next thing that will make them happy, never really addressing the God-sized emptiness in their soul. It’s not surprising that the list of things we can legally use to try to fill this hole is growing.
The Plague of Fear – I have been truly amazed this last two years by the level of constant fear I see in some people’s lives. Yes, a worldwide pandemic can be a scary thing but God is in control. He is good and perfect. He wants the best for those who have put their faith in him and he is working all things out for our good. Yes, be careful. Yes, be wise. But those who trust in God don’t need to be afraid.
The answer to saving our families, bringing back the value of integrity, being whole and not living in fear is God. The answer has always been God and will always be God.
Please soften our hearts towards you, Abba Father.