Signs and Wonders

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Exodus 7:1-24

The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand . . . (v. 5)

I was a transfer student at a new university. Struggling academically and financially, I sought encouragement at a local worship service. A fellow student stood up to give his testimony: “Last year I prayed for guidance. And God directed me by giving me a full-ride scholarship to this school!”

These are the kinds of signs and wonders we prefer: miracles large and small that directly benefit us. In Egypt, the Lord’s signs and wonders are a little different. God chooses to reveal himself in devastating acts that demonstrate his mastery over all creation and display his glory (Exod. 12:12; 14:4). God’s goal is for the world to see his power and feel his presence. The only right human response to God’s signs and wonders is reverence and awe. Those who deny or defy God will, like the Egyptians, be devastated.

That said, the devastating side of God’s signs and wonders in Egypt no longer apply to us. The apostle Paul reassures us that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). For Christians, experiences both uplifting and humbling contain none of God’s condemnation. Instead, we can experience God’s grace at work in all circumstances. Look for “signs and wonders”: evidence of God’s faithful hand guiding you, supporting you, and shaping you in all things. —Ben Van Arragon

As you pray, ask God for eyes of faith to see him at work.