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Lord of Your Heart


Today’s Scripture: Exodus 7-10
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The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1 Samuel 3:10

Have you ever tried to reason with someone and had them mock you and turn you down flat? When Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh with the message from God: “Let my people go,” the demand was met with scorn and ridicule. Pharaoh said he didn’t know the Lord, wouldn’t obey His voice, and wouldn’t let Israel go.

Pride. Defiance. Self-confidence. Arrogant spirit. I’m sure it was beneath Pharaoh’s dignity to enter into a contest with this Lord who claimed to be the God of a rag-tag gang of slaves who were under Pharaoh’s absolute control. Pharaoh was certain that if push came to shove, he would be the victor. He had wealth in abundance. He had a standing army of thousands of well-trained warriors and hundreds of chariots. And what did this Lord, about whom Moses spoke, have going for Him? Nothing. No money. No army. Nothing. Or so it appeared.

This God of whom Pharaoh spoke so disparagingly was the Lord of hosts, the creator of heaven and earth, the Lord God Almighty. There was no way Pharaoh was going to win. Even when God displayed His power through the plagues, Pharaoh was unmoved. Now before we get too amazed at the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart, we need to look inside ourselves. Perhaps the Lord has been speaking plainly to us through His Word and His servants, but we haven’t yet obeyed.

I can’t think of anything more dangerous, more foolhardy, than to hear the voice of God and do nothing in response. In our daily walk of discipleship, may God deliver us from the Pharaoh syndrome and help us obey when He speaks.

Prayer

Lord, sharpen my hearing to hear Your command, and soften my heart to obey it. Amen.

To Ponder

“Do not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7).

(The Navigators)