“When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’”Exodus 7:9
Proving myself has always been part of my life. I have been proving I could get into Secondary School by my PSLE scores, proving I deserve to be granted an entry to Junior College by my O level results. I proved myself suitable for medical school through my A-level results. I proved that I deserve a fully paid scholarship through my interviews and resume. I proved that I could compete at the SEA Games by meeting the qualifying marks. I prove that I deserve a Gold medal by finishing first in a marathon race.
This verse made me realize that proving ourselves is part and parcel of life. No matter where we turn we will end up admitting that we have proven ourselves one way or another, either to ourselves or to others. Here I see the Pharaoh asking Moses to prove he is a prophet from God by working a miracle, a very reasonable request.
I also see in the New Testament that Jesus did miracles to achieve the same purpose – to prove he is a messenger of God. According to Acts 2:22, Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
Thomas, in Luke 20, also asked Jesus to prove he was the resurrected Christ, and Jesus acceded to the request.
As I reflected on this truth, I realize that this sense of needing to prove ourselves and to be proven to in all facets of life has been written in our hearts. Humans being born into this broken world, by default, have this desire to prove ourselves and want people to prove themselves to ourselves. However, I realize that the real purpose for God to write this in my heart is so that when I look at the standard of His perfect Law; I come to know I fall so far short that I can never prove myself worthy to enter His Kingdom. And it is understanding this truth that fills me with gratitude to know that it is because of what Christ did on the cross that has “qualified” me into His kingdom and not what I have done. (Col 1:12) it is also by understanding this wonderful truth, that I look to have a less and less of a transactional relationship with my spouse, children and friends. Without God doing so for me, how can I do it for others?
This is an overwhelming reality to me and I am not able to comprehend the entire scope of this Truth.
Father help me understand this truth and allow it to work in my heart.