By: Steve Negley

Posted: May 30, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

Exodus 8:16-19

16 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the earth, so that it may become gnats throughout the whole land of Egypt.’ ” 17 And they did so; Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff and struck the dust of the earth, and gnats came on humans and animals alike; all the dust of the earth turned into gnats throughout the whole land of Egypt. 18 The magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, but they could not. There were gnats on both humans and animals. 19 And the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God!” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said.

Yesterday we reflected on the graceful gazelle. Today we turn to the gnat. Gnats are annoying, at best. The dust of the earth was turned into gnats for the third plague on the Egyptians. Sometimes, it’s the annoying things, though, that get our attention.


God, make me attentive to the positive things that surround me. And let them know my source of praise., so that you don’t have to nag me with the annoying. Amen.