God’s Merciful Judgements

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Exodus 9:27-35


Have you noticed how many disasters have clobbered us in the past several years? The worst floods, the most devastating hurricanes, costly tornadoes, the greatest fires, damaging earthquakes, record-shattering cold and crippling blizzards the list is painfully long. What can we learn from these catastrophes?

The mightiest ruler in ancient times, Pharaoh, was devastated by the ten plagues in Egypt. Momentarily he repented and acknowledged his sin and arrogance. When the plagues had ended, he returned to his proud ways and would not listen to the Lord.

As a country, are we in danger of believing that our own efforts and might have made us the greatest nation on earth? We have seen in the collapse of communism how quickly societies and people can be brought low.

Perhaps the Lord is trying to get our attention through natural calamities to humble us, and to encourage us to repent of our lawless ways. The Israelites who offered up a sacrificial lamb were spared the judgment of plagues, even as a look at the Crucified One will bring us wholeness and joy. As C. S. Lewis observed, “Joy is never in our power.” We are assured that if as a people we return to the Lord, He will “hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land” (see 2 Chron. 7:14).


Sovereign Ruler, Your goodness toward us leads us to repentance. Forgive us and heal us. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.