I’m hoping that this biblical account of an event that took place well over 3,000 years ago will both comfort and strengthen you today, regardless of where this message finds you.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and throw it down before Pharaoh’ and it will become a snake.”
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his rod down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his rod and it became a snake. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
The rods of Pharaoh’s wise men and sorcerers and the Egyptian magicians were simply no match for Aaron’s rod. Why? Because Aaron’s rod was in the hand of Almighty God! Aaron trusted God and did what he was instructed to do; when he threw his rod down before Pharaoh, he lifted up his God before the watching world.
Make no mistake, our God is victorious over every opponent and swallows up every adversary that attempts to stand in His way. To be sure, the enemy has his counterfeits, rooted in the incomplete joys of this world, that will oppose us at every turn. The world would have us find our pleasure in everything other than Jesus; but in the end, God will tolerate no rival and will swallow up everything that attempts to divide our affections from Him.
Charles Spurgeon said it beautifully:
If God’s grace takes possession of a man, the world’s magicians may throw down all their rods, and every rod may be as cunning and poisonous as a serpent; but Aaron’s rod will swallow them up! The sweet attractions of the cross will woo and win the man’s heart, and he who lived only for this deceitful earth will now have an eye for the upper spheres, and a wing to mount into celestial heights . . . What multitudes of foes has our faith had to meet! Our old sins—the devil threw them down before us, and they turned to serpents. What hosts of them! Ah, but the cross of Jesus destroys them all.
You must remember that the power that God has given you is greater than any power that will ever come up against you. There is nothing we face in our lives today that the power of the cross has not already defeated. We are confronted by toothless lions and fangless snakes that can do little more than startle us when they show up.
I’m sure there was a moment when Aaron was startled by the snakes that slithered out of the Egyptians’ secret arts and converged around his single snake . . . but only for a moment. A few moments later, there was only one snake still in their midst, and that snake would return to the hand of Aaron, once again, as God’s rod.
Remember, if God is for you, it really doesn’t matter what comes up against you! Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding. As you do, you will see your God swallow up every snake Satan sends your way. You have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!