PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Exodus 7-9
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and… he will not listen to you.” (Exodus 7:3)
Something I wonder: did Pharaoh want to relent, but God hardened his heart?
In other words, did poor Pharaoh have no choice, was he a pawn in God’s plan?
It certainly sounds like it, and Paul seems to say the same (Romans 9:16-21).
Elsewhere we see how God gives over our hearts to our own desires (Romans 1:24,26,28).
In other words, God doesn’t make Pharaoh stubborn, He lets him be what he already is.
Instead of softening his heart to open it, He allows it to do what it wants to do.
As Paul says, for His purpose, for His better future.
Pharaoh is not a puppet nor a victim; he is a free agent who chooses to be stubborn.
God graciously uses our freedom, and directs it for His greater purpose.
Pharaoh was response-able, and he exercised that freedom despite the signs.
God doesn’t make me stubborn for His purpose, but He will use it for His purpose.
He is teaching me, and others through me, how foolish and futile stubbornness is.
I have a choice, but what shall I choose; will I willingly surrender to His purpose?
Its so much better if I offer my heart and life to Him; that way I can enjoy His purpose!
Lord, I accept responsibility for life. But thank You that You use my life to give me opportunities to see, and to respond better. Help me not to harden my heart to Your grace!