“Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”
Even after seeing God’s power by the staff-turned-serpent, Pharaoh refuses to heed God’s word through His messengers. He didn’t want to believe in the God of the Israelites.
It is possible to see God work and not acknowledge Him or praise Him for it. This can happen from a lack of attention, or as in this case, a desire not to believe in God. Like the magicians who replicate the miracle by unknown means, we can explain away God’s power to fit our perception of the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t God or that He doesn’t have the power.
God, help me to be aware of Your power at work and to praise You for it. You are our Almighty Father, and my understanding doesn’t limit your capability.
Next Week’s Reading Schedule:
2/20: Exodus 8-9
2/21: Exodus 10-11
2/22: Exodus 12
2/23: Exodus 13:17-14
2/24: Exodus 16-17