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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Fourth Plague: The Flies

"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Rise up early in the morning and wait for Pharaoh, as he goes out of the water, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord, "Let my people go, that they may serve me.  Else, if you will not let my people go, behold I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants and your people, and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be filled with swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand.  But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where my people dwell, so that no swarms of flies shall be there; that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth."  (Exod  8:20-22).

At times, we need a wake-up call.  We seem to enjoy our life too much that we forgot who gave us this gift of life.  God is ever-loving and merciful, though it is not the end of the story.  Together with His mercy is His justice.  When we forget him altogether and worship other gods in rebellion, God will not leave you because God never gives up on you.  Sometimes, flies in our life or crises comes in multitude but that is not to punish us but to make us aware that God is the Lord, the Almighty in the midst of the earth.  It is only a cure for our amnesia:  we sometimes forgot where we come from because of the allure of the world and the flesh.  "For what will profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?"  To hell, a separation from the goodness of God?  Let us ask for God's grace to give us the wisdom to choose wisely our final abode in eternity!  For life is just passing, like a leaf carried by the wind and settled on the ground.  We are from ashes and will return physically to the land, but we are the beloved children of God.  We will rise again with a glorious body as Lord Jesus promised us.  Let us not take this for granted.  Repent and turn away from sin!  Shoo away the flies in your life and seek God with all of your hearts, minds and souls.  Lord, hear our prayer!  In Jesus Holy Name, Amen.

Cynthia Abegail Bernardo

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