Abide Together: Reflections on Exodus 8

As I read through Exodus 8, I noticed the reaction of Pharaoh to what the Lord was doing in Egypt. Every time there was a plague–frogs, gnats, or otherwise–Pharaoh would plead to Moses to ask God to make it end and he would let the Israelites go to worship God. Moses would then go before the Lord on Pharaoh’s behalf and the Lord would end the plague, but as soon as there was  respite, Pharaoh hardened his heart again and would not let the Israelites go. Pharaoh’s response to his circumstances and to God is just like the response of every sinner for all of time. When circumstances are hard and life gets tough, we run to prayer and to God, but the moment he answers and brings relief from our pain or troubles, we go right back to the busyness of our lives and forget God. Everyday we must be reminded that Jesus is better in than circumstances–good or bad. It is a right and good response to run to God in times of trouble, but it is also imperative that we run to God in times of great joy and victory. He brings both and deserves our worship in both.

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