“But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the LORD had said.”
Pharaoh relented after the plague of frogs, but as soon as Moses pleaded with God to end the plague and the frogs disappeared, Pharaoh hardened his heart and took back his word.
Sometimes when we sin we say, “I’m going to stop this behavior.” But when no immediate repercussions befall us, we willfully continue the behavior. We might not say it out loud, but in our hearts we reason that if God isn’t punishing us He must not mind what we’re doing. This is blatant disobedience. As with Pharaoh, grave ramifications are in store for us if we don’t heed God’s word.
Lord, create in me a repentant heart that seeks to honor You first. Help me to love you so much that I can’t abide disobeying You in the first place.
This 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