Daily Office Readings for Thursday after the 5th Sunday of Lent: Year 2
“The magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, but they could not. There were gnats on both humans and animals.” (Exodus 8:18)
The magicians of Pharaoh were able to replicate the staff – to- snake even though Moses’ snake destroyed those of Pharaoh’s magicians; and they could also produce the frogs as God did. But when God raised up the finer creatures of creation, the gnats, the magicians were lacking. All of creation comes from God. No exception.
To my knowledge, no other creature on earth has been reasoned with by God, only human beings. Through Moses God has asked Pharaoh several time to release human beings, but he would not. So God showed Pharaoh that the God of Moses is God of all beings, human and non-human.
This same God lives today and still helps us, through us. We, human beings, need the help of God today to assist us with a living virus that threatens us. Viruses are microscopic parasites. They lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside of a host body but when in a host all they do is replicate, over and over again until it destroys the host itself if not eradicated. But they still come under the power of the Supreme Creator of all life. And it is to such a One whom we must go to for relief.
While we are physically disconnected from one another, we are prayerfully connected with one another and with God. Moses spoke with God for the relief of his people even though it was not something he wanted to do from the beginning. I ponder that it may not have been just Pharaoh who Moses feared; he may have feared having a continued close relationship with God whom he just met and who was pushing him way out of his comfort zone. We know deep down in our hearts that a continued prayerful relationship with God will push us past our comfort zone as well. Unlike our Lord Jesus we have never been physically connected with God although God intercedes on our physical behalf as is often requested in our prayers for ourselves and others. And as we should be doing now as we are attacked by this Covid virus.
Our God is not a God of convenience. He is not “use now and forget.” We are in this prayer relationship with God forever as we should have been all along. My preaching is not so much just a job. It is a calling from my spiritual burning bush. What I am called to say is not always pleasant but none the less, needs to be said. The Spirit of God is an eternal and good Spirit and moves among us always.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John