Faith: The Power of Heaven
Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
~ Exodus 7:10-12
This story is a wonderful example of the sure victory of God’s work over all opposition. Although the Devil may produce counterfeits, often attempting to overwhelm us with opponents, whenever God is in the work, you can be sure it will always swallow its foes. As long as God’s grace has possession of a person, the world’s magicians can throw down their rods all they want, and though every rod may be as cunning and poisonous as a serpent, Aaron’s rod will always swallow their rods.
The glorious attraction of the cross will woo and win the believer’s heart, and he who once lived only for this deceitful earth will begin to focus on the heavens above, yearning to fly away to those celestial heights. Once God’s grace wins its victory, even those in the world begin to look to the world to come. And certainly this is true in the life of the believer. Consider, for example, the multitudes of foes our faith must face. The Devil throws down our old sins before us, turning them into serpents. And how many there are!
But the cross of Jesus destroys them all, for faith in Christ quickly removes all our sins. The Devil also throws down numerous serpents in the form of worldly trials, temptations, and unbelief; but faith in Jesus is more than a match for all of them, overcoming them all.
The same “swallowing” principle shines brightly when it comes to faithful service to God. When we have an enthusiastic love for Jesus, our difficulties are surmounted, sacrifice becomes a pleasure, and suffering is an honor. If faith is truly a consuming passion in the heart of the believer, then it follows that there are many people who profess to have faith but do not, for what they have will not pass this test.
So, dear reader, examine yourself in light of this truth. Aaron’s rod proved it had the power of heaven. Is your faith doing the same? If Christ is anything to you — He must be everything! Never rest until the reigning passion of your soul is love and faith in Jesus!
Lord, let your power swallow up my sins like the staff of Aaron. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer