Today’s Reading: Exodus 9
Key Verse: Exodus 9:7b
But the heart of Pharaoh became hard, and he did not let the people go.
From pictures of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, we get an idea of the pride and splendor of this most impressive empire for hundreds of years. The temples show that “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), whose original sin was pride and who sought to overturn the rule of the God of the universe, was still seeking to oppose the will of the great Creator, Almighty God (Rev. 12:7). The war goes on, even today. The “god of this world” still takes advantage of hearts that are hard toward the rule of the true Sovereign God. Our response for hard hearts must be “repentance;” not as a temporary fix like Pharaoh, but true “repentance” which is turning away totally from our disobedience and doing what the Eternal God tells us to do.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Almighty God, grant me the gift of a soft heart so that I will do Your will and not my own. Please give me the grace of obedience to You in all things, and the gift of true repentance so that, having turned away from my own way, I will continue consistently in Your way. Through Jesus Christ, who dwells within me. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When Norma-Jean and I were married on September 19, 1958, I was 22 and she was 19. I loved her with all my soft heart. Such love, some say, makes the head soft, too. However, I wanted God’s will more than anything. I was hard headed enough to pray on the way to the church, “Lord, one final time, if this marriage is not Your perfect will, You can still cause something to happen so that either Norma-Jean or I are stopped from getting to the altar.” God didn’t stop either of us and now we have 4 children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. In the second letter Norma-Jean wrote me, her letterhead contained the inscription, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which says it all, “This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I agreed!