Scripture Reading: Exodus 10
Key Verse: Exodus 8:19
The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.
He had attended church since he was a small child. As an adult, he took careful notes on every sermon. When the pastor talked about specific sins, he recognized some of the problems in his own heart and said to himself, “That’s me. I need to deal with these things.” But like many, by the time he returned from church, he had forgotten about his plans to ask God to change his life.
The man has a hard heart. “How is that possible?” you may ask. “He’s hearing what God says.” When you hear God’s Word and refuse to put it into practice, your heart is hardened against His truth. Eventually, if you continue to ignore His leading, He lets you follow your own slippery course.
God allowed Pharaoh to tell Moses no again and again. Pharaoh knew what he was supposed to do—release God’s chosen people, the Israelites, from slavery and oppression. Because Pharaoh persisted in his disobedience, he learned painful lessons he could have avoided.
Ask God to sensitize your heart and make you aware of any tough spots of resistance. He will soften your spirit, renew your understanding, and set you on a course of true submission.
Precious Lord, sensitize my heart. Make me aware of any hard spots of resistance. Soften my spirit, renew my understanding, and set me on a course of true submission.