August 24 – Exodus 10:1-6
August 24 – Exodus 10:1-6
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Heavenly Father, I don’t always understand why things happen the way they do in my life, much less in the pages of Your word, but I do totally trust You to do what is best in every circumstance. When I question why something happened, please help me always ask in a desire to learn and understand, not to question You. I never want to act like I doubt You or don’t believe You in any way, but I have to admit I don’t always understand why things happened or how they impacted Your perfect plan. Help me to be patient to see Your truth when You are ready to share it with me. Help me always desire to understand Your word and study for understanding, but at the same time realize how vast You are and that You cannot be contained into my understanding because You are so far beyond what I can begin to comprehend. Help me be okay with the limited understanding I have. I know You will reveal what I can handle, and although I am anxious to learn more, I am okay with trusting You in spite of my lack of understanding. Thank You for giving me that faith to believe in spite of, rather than because of…
In Jesus’ name.
I have to admit here that I struggle with the concept that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart and then dealt harshly with the Egyptians. I know they certainly had done many horrible things to the Israelites and certainly deserved God’s punishment, but I still don’t understand why it seems tied here to God hardening Pharaoh’s heart rather than their past actions. What I do know is that God is perfect and when He does something He certainly has His reasons. I know He loves us all, so I completely trust Him, even when I don’t understand Him.
Why do you think God hardened Pharaoh’s heart?
What purpose do you think it served in this “battle of the wills” we are witnessing?
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, 2 and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”
3 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. 4 For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, 5 and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field, 6 and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians, as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.