... for at this time I will send all My plagues to your very heart, and on your servants and on your people, that you may know that there is none like Me in all the earth...
But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

—Exodus 9:14 & 16

Why doesn’t God do things the way I think He should?  According to my timetable—preferably instantly?  Answer: God does everything for His purposes, which includes doing them in His way, and according to His timetable. Take the plagues in Egypt.  Wouldn’t it have been easier to see to it that Pharaoh released the Israelites when Moses first told Pharaoh, “Let my people God?”  Maybe, but who said easier is best, or even right?  Why all those nasty plagues?

By going through all encounters with Pharaoh and the dramatic plagues, God was putting His sovereign power on display. He wanted everyone involved to know that He is the Lord God Almighty!  God wanted to reveal Himself to be the greatest and most glorious.  It worked.

We tend to want God to do things (in the Bible and in our lives in particular) in the easiest, most convenient manner possible—easiest and most convenient for us, that is!  But God is far more concerned about His glory than our convenience.

As we mature in Him, we will be as well.

Why doesn’t God do things the way I think He should?  According to my timetable—preferably instantly?  Answer: God does everything for His purposes, which includes doing them in His way, and according to His timetable. Take the plagues in Egypt.  Wouldn’t it have been easier to see to it that Pharaoh released the Israelites when Moses first told Pharaoh, “Let my people God?”  Maybe, but who said easier is best, or even right?  Why all those nasty plagues?

By going through all encounters with Pharaoh and the dramatic plagues, God was putting His sovereign power on display. He wanted everyone involved to know that He is the Lord God Almighty!  God wanted to reveal Himself to be the greatest and most glorious.  It worked.

We tend to want God to do things (in the Bible and in our lives in particular) in the easiest, most convenient manner possible—easiest and most convenient for us, that is!  But God is far more concerned about His glory than our convenience.

As we mature in Him, we will be as well.