But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief,
he hardened his heart
and would not listen to Moses and Aaron,
just as the Lord had said.
EXODUS 8:15 (NIV)
Every plague God sent gave Pharaoh an opportunity to choose. But rather than acknowledge the sovereignty of the God of Moses, Pharaoh focused on trying to save face, maintain power and control his economic well-being. Rather than learning from the awful plagues crashing down on him, he became hard and rebellious.
Through trials and hardships I may lose much. And yet I will never lose my opportunity to choose my focus. Do I focus on what I have lost, what “might have been,” and what I am no longer able to do? Or do I focus on who I am right now and what I have to offer in Christ? That is a choice every man and woman must make regardless of the loss. No one can take that choice away.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.
But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ,
who has so wondrously reached out for me.
Friends, don’t get me wrong:
By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this,
but I’ve got my eye on the goal,
where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus.
I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14 (THE MESSAGE)
ON THE JOURNEY WITH YOU,