First, let me apologize in advance for the brevity of this week’s post. I’m pretty sure I have an ear infection. I’m miserable and am praying for all of those sweet babies who have them over and over.
As I was reading through Exodus last week, I came across a verse that I’ve been thinking about ever since. I’m not memorizing it, but I’m definitely meditating on it, praying about it, and allowing the Holy Spirit to examine my heart.
“But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said.”
Exodus 8:15 (NIV1984)
My family has been through a lot of hard times in the last several years. Some issues have come up repeatedly. When I read this verse, it made me wonder how often we get relief in a certain area and start thinking we can do it on our own, without complete dependence on God. Is that why we keep dealing with the same things again and again—because in our pride and arrogance we harden our hearts when we see some relief? Sure, we’re initially thankful that God helped us, but so was Pharaoh. It didn’t last.
It’s something I’m praying about this week.
How do you respond when you get relief in hard situations?
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