BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Pharoahs were considered divine. So this confrontation is about who is the true God. And as we saw yesterday, God's name means "I AM." Indeed, although his hardening of Pharoah's heart should not be read as meaning he makes Pharoah act against his will, it is intended to show that even the decisions of this so called god are subject to the will of the true God. He created circumstances that caused Pharoah to act just as he had always determined. Two things are worth particular notice. The first is that as people turn to the true God it brings hostility - and often because those people will no longer contribute to the wicked practices of their society from which powerful people gain (Acts 19v23-41). Second, in order to prove his power in redemption, the LORD often uses those with faltering speech to make his will known (2 Cor 4v7, 11v6). As you read note the reasons God gives for redeeming his people and the equivalents for us in Christ.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.