“They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”
It is said four times that when the plagues were upon Egypt that God’s people were not touched by the plague. This had to be a sight to see. When the swarm of flies were throughout the land of Egypt, only where the Israelites lived were there no flies. When the swarm of locusts came and ate the crops of Egypt, Israel didn’t have one locust in their city. When the cattle of Egypt were diseased, Israel’s cattle were healthy and lived. When all of Egypt experienced the thick darkness, God’s people were able to have “light in their dwellings.”
It could have been easy for Israel to be so astonished by the difference of where they lived that they could have missed the hand of God among them. When Israel stepped outside of their dwellings, they could see the thick darkness at a distance, as they stood in the sunlight. It would be easy to miss God’s saving hand on their lives. Sadly, I believe they not only missed it, but they forgot it. When you look at the children of Israel complaining in the wilderness, they often said that they wished they were back in the land of Egypt. I believe these complaints happened because they missed what God had done in their sight.
You must be careful that you don’t make the mistake of missing what God is doing in your life because of the magnitude of the blessing. When you see souls getting saved, it should be exciting to see the souls saved, but don’t miss the power of God working in your midst. When your church experiences big days, don’t miss the working of God because of the multitude of people who showed up for the big day.
Many believers have grown cold to the LORD because they missed what He has done and is doing in their presence. Just like Israel missed the presence of God because of the great difference of light and darkness, you can also miss the presence of God because of the immensity of God’s blessings. Don’t get so wrapped up in the blessings of God that you miss God.
Moreover, don’t forget to remember what God has done in your life. My wife and I often discuss the miracles we have seen God do throughout our lives. My friend, if you miss the presence of God in the miracles, you will likely forget the miracles of God in the future. The believer should regularly take time to remember what the LORD has done throughout their lives. It is easy to get so wrapped up in the immediate that we forget to remember what God has done in the past. If you are not careful, you will become so negative about what you supposedly don’t have all because you forgot what God has done for you in the past.
Finally, the reason you need to remember the miracles and see the presence of God is because you need to tell your children about it so they will desire these same workings of God in their lives. Don’t make the mistake of talking more about the things of the world than you do the miracles of the LORD. Your children will pick up on what you talk about the most. Let me encourage you to make the miracles of God the biggest stories that you tell your children. If you do this, you will find your children wanting you to tell the story one more time, but always remind them that they need to be sure to have their own stories for their children.