Time after time Moses approaches Pharoah. Pharoah refuses to let the Israelites go. God sends a plague. Pharoah repents briefly and then reneges on his promise. This begins to look like an exercise in futility.
But buried in the text is a "because" from the Lord. Look at verse 16.
I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. (Exodus 9: 16 NIV)
Sometimes in the midst of havoc, we see evidence of the power of the Lord. The same God who spoke the universe into existence from nothingness is capable of anything at all. When all around you is caving in, He can hold you firmly.
But even when there is no electrifying miracle or plague in evidence. We can point back to this passage to illustrate the power and might of our God. He may be in the hail and locusts. But he is also in the tiny gnats.
If we're looking, we see evidence of His power and providence every day. After all, a coincidence is only a small miracle where God chooses to remain anonymous. If you don't want to see Him, you don't have to. But if you're looking, there He is.
Help us to see You and Your power in our everyday trials. Remind us of Your sovereignty and power and keep us mindful of your presence.
In Jesus' most precious name.