“If you refuse to let My people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. And they shall cover the face of the earth, so that no one will be able to see the earth; and they shall eat the residue of what is left, which remains to you from the hail, and they shall eat every tree which grows up for you out of the field.” (Exodus 10:4)
The Hebrew word for “locust” comes from a root word that means, ““to increase.” In fact, the word for locust implies a multitude. Individually they were nothing but collectively, as they increased, they created widespread destruction. According to the wording of the text, the extent of this plague was unprecedented. They were so numerous that no one could see the ground. They devoured everything that the hail had not destroyed and filled the houses of the Egyptians, starting with Pharaoh.
There are many examples in life — everything from locusts to choices we make — that, when observed as a single, isolated item, don’t seem to be that big of a deal. But when they are connected to other such items — when they are multiplied in other words — they can be quite destructive. Consider that a rather small creature, something that could be easily squashed beneath one’s foot, becomes a formidable opponent when it is multiplied.
We need to consider this as we strive to be faithful witnesses for our King. The choices we make today may seem to be insignificant but they may amount to something huge in the future. Whether good or bad, every choice we make has a cumulative effect on our future and of those we influence. So let us be wise in our choices and do those things that are good in the eyes of our Father that He may be glorified by the multitudes.
Blessings and Shalom,