Any Nintendo fans? I mean old school, “OG”, Nintendo fans? One of my favorite games was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. In the mid-80’s this young boxer burst onto the scene with lightning-fast feet and power that was unmatched. Twelve of his first nineteen matches were decided in the first round. In fact, he once knocked out Marvis Frazier in 30 seconds.
This boxing imagery causes me to reflect on the 11-round match between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt that we read of in Exodus 7-12. Like Mike Tyson, God could have easily ended the showdown in one simple and quick blow to demonstrate His power and eliminate any doubt of His dominance.
Rather than exercising His power, God chose to build upon each sign and multiply His power. This slow and intentional demonstration of might was not to chop Pharaoh slowly down to size. Instead, God exposed the weakness of the gods of Egypt and established His name among the nations as one of authority and might.
He desired the Israelites, Egyptians, and surrounding nations to know that He is the God who is and will be. He desires that you and I submit to Him as the Almighty, the One who saves. He is the One Who creates and the One Who sustains.
While you may have questions and reservations, consider the beauty of submission to His power and plan. In Him, we discover purpose and peace. In Him, we have victory as portrayed in Psalm 121:1-8. In Him, we live and move and have our being. If you are interested to learn more about the hope that can be found in Him, check out https://calvaryga.com/hope/