I have recently been reading through the Exodus story, and have been reading about God’s confrontation with Pharaoh. In the first three miraculous confrontations Moses and Aaron demand that Pharaoh let the people go from Egypt to worship the true God. Pharaoh hardens his heart against them. However, before he hardens his heart he turns to his priest and magicians. First, there is a the staff of Aaron, which is made into the snake. The magicians do the same, only theirs is are devoured by Aaron’s. Then the plague of blood and the plague of frogs follow, and again the magicians prove they can do the same. I have always wondered why Pharaoh didn’t ask the magicians to make it stop instead of merely proving they could do the same. I would think relief would be better. The fourth plague of gnats, the magicians tell pharaoh “it is from God”, as they fail to do the same thing.
All of this reminds me that we must beware of who we are listening to in our lives. Pharaoh wasn’t really turning to his magicians for guidance, but to fill his court with his own desires. No matter what we face in life, as we come to the Bible and are guided by the Holy Spirit we will face choices of what we voice we will listen too. Will it be to sincerely hear the voice of God and His words, and respond obediently or will we choose to fill our heart and mind with our own desires. Paul reminded Timothy :
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around
them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn
aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the
duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:3-5)
Let us not be like Pharaoh, and fill our lives with voices that only tell us what we want to hear. Instead let us open up and hear God speak through His Word, and His Spirit that we might be His children in all things.
– Keep always on the Christ Journey