August 27 – Exodus 10:21-29
August 27 – Exodus 10:21-29
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21 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was pitch darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people of Israel had light where they lived. 24 Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; your little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also let us have sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. 26 Our livestock also must go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind, for we must take of them to serve the Lord our God, and we do not know with what we must serve the Lord until we arrive there.” 27 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.” 29 Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again.”
Pharaoh tried to bargain with God saying the men and even the children could go but not the livestock. How often do we try to bargain with God or as Pharaoh ended up doing, just turning away altogether so we didn’t have to face our disobedience? How often do we try to be obedient by being “partway” obedient so we can say we did our part, but God requires our full obedience. Often our pride, like Pharaoh’s pride, gets in the way of being in the place where God wants us so He can bless us.
How often does our pride and stubbornness bring destruction not only on us, but those in our lives that depend on us?
Don’t let pride come between you and God. His power can be great or devastating, and I personally like having Him on my side and having that power protecting me.
Heavenly Father, help me to not allow my pride and stubbornness to get in the way of hearing You and following You. I know it has in the past, and I don’t want to allow that anymore. Help me see truth and not only the truth of the past, as I see in these verses, but the truth of what I need to be doing for You to bring glory and praise to Your name. Help me put myself in the backseat and allow You to guide me to Your best. Help me keep You as my focus. My faith is strong, but my flesh is often weak. Please strengthen me with Your strength that is able to combat anything, even my own desires. Thank You for allowing me the wonderful opportunity to share You with others.
In Jesus’ name.