In chapter 9, after the plague of hail. Pharaoh said he was wrong. He had sinned. He would let the people go. Moses prayed, and the hail stopped. But when it stopped Pharaoh sinned again and hardened his heart and would not let them go.
When we suffer, we often cry out to God. Perhaps, even question Him, “Where are You?” We may say we are sorry and will not do this again. Almost like a bargain: “If You relieve the suffering, I will obey You.”
But what happens when the suffering ends? And things get better? How often do we forget our bargain, and simply keep living as we had before?
Pharaoh’s lack of repentance caused great suffering for those around him. How much suffering do you and I cause those around us when we do not repent of our sin against God?
Lesson One … Equipped to do what God asks
How many excuses do you and I offer to not WITNESS to others about the Good News of Jesus Christ? We can learn a lot from Moses …
- Who am I?
- Moses argued that he was a nobody. Who would listen to him? He lacked the training. Besides he was a criminal, a murderer of an Egyptian. Who we were in the past can disqualify us, can it not?
- Why would they listen to me?
- Moses wondered why the Israelites would listen to him. Had the Lord really spoken to him? Why him and no one else? What makes him special?
- I am not a good speaker!
- Moses felt he stumbled and was not eloquent while speaking. It was not a strength of his. Perhaps he could do something else, for speaking publicly was not his desire nor his strength.
- Send someone else!
- Moses wanted nothing to do with it. He was afraid and believed someone else was better equipped to do the job. So, he was willing to walk away.
How many times have you and I offered similar thoughts and posed similar questions to God? More times than I can remember, I suppose. Yet, when I read about Moses, every time, he objected, God had an answer already prepared. The Lord God knew how Moses felt, what he needed, and then He provided for each need. So that, despite all the objections, Moses did go and would became a great man of God.
What can the Lord do with me? With you?