There were many plagues that God sent against Egypt. It was a form of judgment, as they were abusing his people, Israel, as slaves. They were brutally treated and the Lord, through Moses, asked Pharaoh to let the people go. He refused. So, God judged the land with powerful, destructive plagues (against other so-called gods of Egypt, showing there is One God, not many gods).
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 …
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?
Pastor Terry, his wife and family came to Suedberg in 2003. There have great times, good times, and well, not so good times. But through it all God has been good. This blog will share the goodness of God as seen in the midst of the great, the good, and the not so good of our world.