Day 3 // Exodus 7:1-14

Focus

Why do you think people love magic tricks?

What is your favorite miracle in the Bible? Why? 

Read // Exodus 7:1-14

11 Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: 12 Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. (Exodus 7:11-13). 

Reflect

In a show of God’s power, Aaron threw down his staff and it became a snake! Incredible! Then Pharaoh summoned his sorcerers to accomplish the same thing. While, on face value, they are capable of copying some of God’s miraculous signs, their feeble counterfeit miracles will soon be made obvious.

Do you ever settle for a spiritual counterfeit rather than seek the blessing and power of God?

Spiritual counterfeits can take on a number of different forms nowadays: trusting in your own potential rather than the person and work of Jesus Christ, seeking emotional validation and experience rather than a genuine and holistic transformation, or focusing on the good gifts rather than on the God who gives. 

Today. there are innumerable options for emotional, spiritual, and relational quick fixes right at our finger tips, but there is only One who is capable of meeting our deepest needs in a lasting way. As St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until they find rest in You”.

Apply

Where are you tempted to find spiritual “quick-fixes” rather than looking to the lasting, healing power of God? How can you turn to Him in that area today?