Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
Exodus 11:9 gives us a heavenly perspective for facing trials in our own suffering world, because it reminds us that God can transform human evils into divine wonders. As Joseph said to his brothers, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” See, for Moses, the thought of another devastating plague is really bad news, but the thought of God using that plague to reveal more wonders is good news, in fact the best news, because the good news redeems the bad. It’s like this: if I say, “Bad news: it’ll storm today; but good news: it’ll be sunny tomorrow,” the bad and good news don’t correlate. But if I say, “Bad news: it’ll storm today; but good news: the rain will fill up the dry riverbeds and end the long drought,” then the bad news becomes good news when all is equaled out.
We’ve seen a lot of evil in Exodus so far: a lot of pride, a lot plagues, a lot of bloodshed; but we’ve seen wonders too, haven’t we? Pharaoh’s edict of death was horrific, but the defiance of those unnamed midwives was heroic. And what about the irony of Pharaoh’s daughter adopting and raising God’s soon-to-be deliverer under the very nose of the man who tried to murder him? And while the plagues themselves have been devastating, they’ve led many Egyptians to fear God and heed His word, and they’ve given Hebrew slaves undeniable signs of Jehovah’s nearness, and the mediatorial tug-of-war has already transformed Moses from a sheepish spokesman into a mighty messenger.
Friend, do you believe that God is still multiplying His wonders in the world today? That He’s still using the evils of the world to bring about greater good? Don’t halt at the bad news that surrounds you. Don’t stop short at the devilish policies that seek to crush God’s people and silence His message and sully His kingdom, because good news keeps resonating through them!
When it’s all added up in the end, we’ll see that hell’s best attempts to subtract from the wonders of God’s redemption only multiplied them all the more.