Exodus 9:15-16 – For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.
Here is the question: Why did the Lord do all this—10 plagues? Why is the Lord going the distance? After all, couldn’t the Lord have set Israel free by just one plague? Why 10, and why prolong it?
One thing is clear—the reason why this battle was going for 10 rounds wasn’t because of the power and strength of Egypt, Pharaoh or the enemy. For we see in Exodus 9.16 what is really going on: “ For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.”
This life is a battle indeed, but it is not the kind of battle that we are used to witnessing, where it can be anyone’s game to win. For when it comes to the Lord, the battle is such that it is always under God’s sovereign power, purpose, and authority. Hence, the battles that we go through are purposed by the Lord in order to show His power, and so that His name might be proclaimed in all the earth!
Therefore, one way to understand why of the 10 plagues, it is so that the Israelites will have seen and remember that the Lord has completely defeated every idol, every fear, every oppressive power that once held them captive. Hence, it was for Israel’s sake!
That is how we are also to view and understand every battle that we go through. First, it is in order for us to witness the Lord crush all the power and dominion of sin and any other power in our lives that keeps us from living for the Lord. It is also in order to break away the wrong beliefs that we might still hold on to.
Today, let’s be encouraged that the Lord has gone the distance and still goes the distance so that each of us can and will experience the fullness of this victory. Pray today proclaiming God’s victory over every and all areas of our lives.