- Bible Reading- Exodus 8:1-15
- Focus Scripture- Exodus 8:15
What have you been relieved by? Is it some physical pain or mental anguish? Did a temporary pleasure somehow erase what is still there? Did you find solace in inappropriate behavior? What are you saying” I’ll just wait”, too?
The Egyptians had to suffer because of Pharaoh’s stubborn heart. They were the unfortunate casualties of a battle between good and evil. The people had to live with the consequences of Pharaoh’s leadership, his prideful heart ultimately leads to his death drowning in the Red Sea with an army of others willing to pledge their lives to his cause. (Exodus 14:1-31)
Suffering for man is not what we are called to do. We may suffer in bringing God’s word to those who reject Christ. But God gives us relief so that we can see that hope is found in Him. Pharaoh refused to make the change. Pharaoh was content to live with the stench of the frogs and seeing the piles of dead amphibious decay rotting below his palace window. His demonic anger fueled his contempt for God and the Israelites. Power and competition guided his emotional leadership and his people were the victims of his emotions. This did not have to be the case. If Pharoah were willing to stand up to the enemy dictating his actions his life would have been saved. He begged Moses and Aaron to cleanse the land of the frogs promising to release the Israelites. But like Satan, Pharaoh lied going back on his word refusing safe passage to the children of Israel. (Exodus 8:1-32; Exodus 9:1-35; Exodus 10:1-29; Exodus 11:1-10) Pharaoh lied and continued to lie. He was competing against God taking advantage of God’s grace in the temporary relief he felt.
There will be people who will intentionally make our lives more difficult because of their position of power or simply because they want to maintain a sense of control. We have to make the decision to follow God and His plan separating ourselves from them. It may mean doing it slowly or quickly ripping off the bandage. The shock of pain may hurt for a little while but joy will come, seeking God brings gladness to our hearts and that is something the enemy can not take away. Guard your joy in the midst of the frogs jumping all over you creating chaos. Pay attention to the reprieve God gives so you can make an exit into a future with God.
Thank you for reading and I pray this encourages you to read your Bible and spend time strengthening your relationship with God.
- What decaying lifeless things has God told me to get rid of?
- Am I enjoying the perceived power or control I have over someone so much that my heart has been hardened to their needs?
- What am I hindering the growth of?