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Many years ago, before we had smartphones with GPS and map applications to help us get to where we are going, I used to use a paper map. I’d buy a map if I was going on a road trip. Sometimes, I was able to pick up a map from a travel agency like AAA. Other times I had to buy one from a gas station near the area I was driving to. Rarely did I do much in the way of any detailed planning. I knew where I wanted to go and roughly how to get there.

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Whenever I read about the ten plagues sent to Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery, there’s one thing that always stands out. 

The Lord said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.

Exodus 4:21 (NIV)
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What would you do if the water running to your house suddenly turned into blood, and you could only drink bottled water? How would you deal with a house full of frogs? More importantly, how would you deal with heaps of dead, rotting frogs everywhere you turned? On the roads, inside stores, at church? Everywhere you turned, all of the frogs that were previously hopping around causing chaos were now dead and stinking up the place. How bad would that be? If you think that’s bad, how about gnats all over the place? Getting into your face, crawling up your nose, in your eyes, all over your food. Annoying isn’t a strong enough word!

Now, imagine a world where you have to keep your distance from everyone. Not a bad idea for some people since some people don’t like people. However, now you’re having to separate yourself from friends, relatives, and potential friends. To make matters worse, you have to cover up your face since you could get a deadly disease if you’re too close. You can’t go out to church because it’s closed. Movie theaters, closed. The mall. All closed. Even your beloved karaoke is off-limits to you now!

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People are always looking for signs and wonders. In Jesus’ time, many asked for a sign from Him to prove that He was from God. When the Lord had appeared to Gideon, he asked for a sign to prove God would do what He said He was going to do. If you’re like me, then you want to know God’s will for you. You want to know exactly what you’re supposed to do. You want to know it’s all going to work out well. After all, isn’t that why we ask for signs? We want assurance everything’s going to work out.  

What if you did know? What if God showed you the person you will be? What if God told you exactly what you needed to do to get the job done? Would it be the difference between trusting God and doing exactly what you were told to do, or would you be like Moses? 

But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

Exodus 4:13 (NIV)
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