Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, so that they may come upon the land of Egypt and eat every plant in the land, all that the hail has left.” So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night. When it was morning, the east wind had brought the locusts. The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again. They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh hastily called Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. Now therefore, forgive my sin, please, only this once, and plead with the Lord your God only to remove this death from me.” So he went out from Pharaoh and pleaded with the Lord. And the Lord turned the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go. Exodus 10:12-20 ESV
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. I John 4:16-19 ESV
The desert locust lives in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. It generally lives on desert vegetation, and is usually hidden and quiet. But sometimes the desert locusts become a swarm of millions of locusts. Each locust can eat its own weight in vegetation each day, and one swarm of locusts can cover 460 square miles and eat 423 million pounds of crops. Today, satellites monitor areas of rainfall and vegetation, which are good conditions for a locust outbreak, and try to prevent such horrible disasters to crops.
God sent a swarm of locusts to Egypt as a plague, and any growing plants that were left over from the hail were eaten and destroyed by the locusts. It was such a horrible disaster that Pharaoh begged Moses and Aaron to ask God to get rid of the locusts. He could see his land was being destroyed, and he was desperate. But his heart didn’t change.
God sometimes allows terrible trouble to come to people, and one thing he hopes to see is for them to turn away from their sins and turn to him for help. God allows them to have problems now so that he can save them from being lost without him forever. But often people only become angry with God and even more hard-hearted when they have trouble. They can’t see God’s love, but only his judgment.
Jesus came to take all of God’s judgment on himself on the cross. He took on himself the pain and sorrow of all the sins of the world. When we look at what Jesus did for us on the cross, we see an amazing thing. We see God’s terrible judgment and at the same time we see God’s wonderful love. It’s only in Jesus that we can see how it all fits together. Because Jesus took God’s judgment, we know that God’s love is ours, now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to always trust in Jesus’ love for me. Please keep me close to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.