This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
How stubborn are you? I am a Taurus; therefore, I am pretty stubborn. As I have aged and become wiser, I have learned that stubbornness isn’t normally an attribute that we should practice. Of course there are exceptions such as standing up for your faith in Christ.
Pharaoh’s stubbornness caused him and the nation of Egypt a great deal of grief. Time and time again, God gave him the opportunity to let His people go, but he refused.
Without further comments for the moment, let’s read today’s scripture.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go. Go to Pharaoh in the morning as he goes out to the water. Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake. Then say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let my people go, so that they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not listened. This is what the Lord says: By this you will know that I am the Lord: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water.’ ”
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt–over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs’–and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars.”
Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said. Instead, he turned and went into his palace, and did not take even this to heart. And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile to get drinking water, because they could not drink the water of the river.
Since Egypt for the most part was desert land, the Nile was its source of water. It’s water becoming blood and not fit to drink was, of course, detrimental to the Egyptians livelihood. They would not be able to survive without the water from the Nile River. In fact, civilization existed mainly along its banks. Can you imagine seeing blood everywhere you turned, and the sickening stench from not only the blood but the dead fish?
By now you know that I am a very curious person, and I have even been told that I over analyze everything. But I wonder why the Egyptian magicians turned water into blood, and since all water was blood, what water was left for them to turn into blood? One reason they felt the need to turn water into blood could have been to prove to Moses and Aaron that they could perform the same miraculous act or at least Moses and Aaron would get that perception.
Pharaoh’s stubbornness did not waver. He left their presence and didn’t give it another thought. How dangerous that was.
What about you? Are you allowing your stubbornness to separate you from God? Is he asking you to follow him or serve him in a particular way that would take you down a certain road that you don’t want to travel? Maybe you have other dreams for your life. Maybe you are afraid. I suggest you lay your stubbornness aside and accept God’s will. It can be dangerous to build a wall between you and God’s will for your life. He may allow you to have your way, but I promise you that you will not be happy or have peace.
I have my own dreams. But every time I think I am on my way to living those dreams, a barrier is thrown in my path. I get discouraged, but I must trust that God knows when it is the right time. And at that appointed time, no barrier thrown in my path will be able to stop me from living my dreams.
Until we meet again, may God go with you.