Exodus 9:12 (NIV) But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses. 13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
I have found that many people will reject Christ without even knowing what the Lord says. They will reject the Bible without reading it, even saying the Bible is full of contradictions. But when asked what so-called contradictions in the Bible they have a problem with, they can never identify them. That is because they haven’t read the Bible. They refuse to believe the truth, and instead they believe whatever allows them to continue in their rejection of God.
For example, Pharaoh hardened his heart, even when miracle after miracle was performed by the hand of God through Moses and Aaron. But then we read, “The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh . . . ” (Exodus 9:12). Isn’t that a contradiction? No, it is a progression. Initially Pharaoh did harden his heart. He hardened it again and again. And then God hardened, or strengthened it.
God has given us a free will. He will not force us to believe something we don’t want to believe. He will come to us and seek to convince us of the truth of the Scripture or our destiny in His plan. The Holy Spirit will work on our hearts. But we have the ability to resist the Holy Spirit. I am learning daily to embrace God in the ways the Lord connects with me! Do you reject God? Do you realize that we can reject God in our attitudes and preferences?
Point to Ponder: If you harden your heart again and again towards the Lord, there will come a day when God will strengthen you in your own resolve. In other words God will leave you to your own desires and that includes rejecting the Lord! Just a word of caution today “Check yourself” before you wreck yourself!
Quote Thomas Huxley- “A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do just what he likes”
In Kingdom Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.