SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY, 2020
THE PATIENT GOD
TEXT: EXODUS 7:14-25
KEY VERSE: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go” (EXODUS 7:14).
God has limitless ways of bringing a man into subjection. That He allows the wicked to ply his trade and carry on as if the whole world is under his control is to prove His attribute of being a longsuffering Father. If He had wanted to crush all Egypt to liberate Israel, He would have done so. It was not difficult for Him to strike all the Egyptians with blindness to free the Israelites. But He knew what He was doing by bargaining with Pharaoh. Even before Moses opened his mouth to tell God that Pharaoh had remained adamant, He knew. He was being patient and wanted Pharaoh to exhaust his period of grace. God is a righteous Judge. He would not destroy Egypt without sufficient reason. Eventually, Pharaoh refused and rejected all the entreaties to release the people. There are Pharaohs all over the places who carry out their wicked and rebellious activities on a day-to-day basis, thinking it is in their power to do so. These Pharaohs oppress, intimidate and hinder the progress of God's people. Sometimes, believers would wish for instant judgment against them. Far from it! We must see the pattern of God's dealings with man. He gives man a long time to repent. It is after He must have exhausted all avenues of bringing Pharaoh to his senses that He allows him to stew in his own juice. Believers must have the mind of God by suffering long and waiting on Him to dispense judgment. Wait on God and wait for Him. Do not run ahead of Him. He will surely deliver you. Despite Pharaoh's headiness and highhandedness against Israel, at the end, he bit the dust. By the same token, all those who have elevated themselves to the status of Pharaoh against your progress will bow and you will laugh last.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: In His time, God makes all things beautiful.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:MARK 14-16