This morning I read this on Pinterest ... "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still." (Exodus 14:14). Awesome scripture right?! I love the idea that The Lord has my back ... I just need to be still. BUT... That's all that was shown on Pinterest...and my guess is that few people bother to take the time to look up the verse and read it in context.They miss the lesson that way.
Before I went to the scripture I planned to draw the above words in some pretty way ...but ... Then I read it and "my plans" changed.
God had just told Moses to position the people in the wilderness so that they were "boxed in" by the sea and the Egyptians that HE was going to cause to chase them down to kill them. Hummmm... Think about the times in our lives that we find ourselves in a place that looks like we have been deserted by God and we think that we can't possibly be in "God's will" when in fact He has us right where He wants us. ... And it may have nothing to do with us...but it might be entirely for someone else's benefit or growth. Unfortunately we usually do exactly what the Isrealites did, we whine and complain and of course, we are scared of what might happen...forgetting that God really is in control.
I decided to draw God hardening Pharoah's heart today because He does that so often in Exodus and for me, that really was the message today. I may draw a stone heart in the margin next to every verse where He does it.
Just think how often people have a "harden heart" towards us and we get an attitude towards THEM when their actions towards us are just part of "the plan"! If only we could remember that... I'm pretty sure our responses would be entirely different.... If only....