Stubbornness–the greatest plague of all!


Do you ever ask yourselves, “why am I still here?” My dad, at age 86 says this out loud sometimes as he thinks about this a lot. I have to remind him, often, that God is God and He decides when we are finished and our work is complete. I tell him he has purpose to his family and for God’s church. He is prayer warrior. People who earnestly pray are the most important people you can have in your corner…praying for God’s will for Your best. Yes, as long as we have breath, we will follow the will of our God, declaring HIS glory and power! 

The LORD, God told Moses to go back to Pharaoh with a stronger message to “prove to you that there is no other God like me in all the earth.” God also told Moses to tell this leader that He could have killed him, 

“But I have let you live for this reason–that you might see my power and that my fame might spread throughout the earth. But you are still lording it over my people, and you refuse to let them go. So tomorrow at this time I will send a hailstorm worse than any in all of Egypt’s history.” Exodus 9, NLT 

We must remember and be in awe of our God, the same God who was and is and forever will be, the God who His story is all about in the miracles performed through the plagues. 

Concern is growing among the Egyptians…

“Some of Pharaoh’s officials believed what the LORD said. They immediately brought their livestock and servants in from the fields. But those who had no respect for the word of the LORD left them out in the open.” Exodus 9, NLT

Thought for the day: What is the level of respect that we have for God’s Word? Do we respectfully fear the LORD out of respect for Him? As children should, in a healthy way, to their parents?

Pharaoh admits his faults just to get the hail to stop the destruction. Moses knows Pharaoh’s motives but asks the LORD to stop the hail. God does. When the crisis is over, the stubbornness returns to Pharaoh. “Pharaoh refused to let the people leave, just as the LORD had predicted.” Exodus 9, NLT

Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of our own stubbornness when times are good, to think we are in charge of our surroundings, then You prove we are not. Help us to trust in You in good times and the bad for this is the only way to grow and mature in You. Our desire is to become more and more, in every way, like You and less like our selfish selves. By the power of Your Holy Spirit help us to avoid the syndrome of stubbornness that plagues our mind, heart and souls. In Jesus Name, Amen.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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