August 14 / 100 WORDS

A HARD HEART (PHARAOH)

Today's Reading: Exodus 9

Key Verse: Exodus 9:7b

But the heart of Pharaoh became hard, and he did not let the people go.


From the pictures of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, we get an idea of the pride and splendor of what was the most impressive empire for hundreds of years. The temples show that "the god of this age" (2 Cor. 4:4), whose original sin was pride and who sought to overturn the rule of the God of the universe, was still seeking to oppose the will of the great Creator, Almighty God (Rev. 12:7-9).

The war goes on, even today. The "god of this age" still takes advantage of hearts that are hard toward the rule of the true Sovereign God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our response for hard hearts must be "repentance;" not as a temporary fix like Pharaoh, but true "repentance" is turning away totally from our disobedience and doing what the Eternal God tells us to do.


PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Almighty God, grant us the gift of a soft heart so that we will do Your will and not our own. Please give us the grace of obedience to You in all things, and the gift of true repentance so that, having turned away from our own way, we will continue consistently in Your way. Through Jesus Christ, who dwells within us. Amen!


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