Hearing from God: Part I
So today, while I was reading the Bible (I am on a mission to read it from Genesis to Revelation) I was reading the account of God using Moses and Aaron to convince the Egyptian Pharaoh to release their Israelites from captivity. Even though this story is familiar, it struck a new chord today that I want to share with you. The entire count of I am referencing is found in Exodus 1 through Exodus 13.The 10 Plagues
For as many times I have heard accounts of the 10 plagues, (Exodus 7:14 through Exodus 12:33) I was always confused as to why Pharaoh would continue to keep the Israelites in hostage in the face of such astonishing miracles. But a closer reading made me see something new. The first two plagues (turning the water to blood and having frogs completely cover the land) were duplicated by Pharaoh’s magicians through what the Bible calls “secret arts” and sorcery. After duplicating the first two plagues, I could see why Pharaoh would feel a little arrogant. In other words, “Why should I fear God when I can do what He can?”
As I think about my own life, I feel like there are times when I thought God was trying to show me something or direct me somewhere but I was convinced that I could do it under my own power (certainly not using sorcery). And once that phase passed, I took credit for something that God engineered. Have you ever done that? Certainly, God knew that Pharaoh’s magicians could mimic the first two plagues but I think the point to be made is that we shouldn’t be in the business of trying to see what we can do under own power but rather be in the business of what we can do with and through God.
My point is that we never know how low we are willing to go when we walk around with hardened hearts. One way we harden our own hearts is when we expect God to do astonishing miracles in our lives as a precondition of our efforts. The fact is that our relationship with God is not tit for tat. If you woke up this morning, ate, read the Word, talked to a family member/friend, went to work, or went to school, just know that God doesn’t need any more proof for us to get on board with His will for our lives. And like Pharaoh, I am guilty of wanting to see God show Himself before I took my commitment to the next level. This logic is obviously flawed, but look inside to make sure there is not a little bit of Pharaoh in you.
Stay up fam,