Every once in a while we come across a passage such as today in Wisdom. Reread it again. Very poetic and very imaginative.
In a very dramatic way, the Word of God comes to earth to redeem His people, free them from slavery in Egypt, and deliver them to the promised land. In this deliverance there is great pain and suffering on the behalf of the Egyptians. There is great joy and exultation for the Hebrew people. Because it is in poetic form, we do not have to focus on the past of other people, but reflect upon our past.
In the times of going through pain and suffering we certainly do not want to be a part of it, we desire to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Then, after a period, we can look back and see the joy and wonder of God’s Word working through these difficult times. It seems that God works in mysterious ways that we do not understand. Probably because we cannot see the big picture. We only see what is in front of us. If we knew we were to suffer today for something great and wonderful next year, would we be so apt to do so? Perhaps not.
That may be the best message today. When we are in difficult times, trust in God that something better is to come from all this. In times of trouble, pray for understanding and courage to make your way through it. If you must endure something challenging, ask for Jesus to be there at your side and the Holy Spirit to give you strength to persevere.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen