A Battle You Can’t Win

Exodus 9:12 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.

Someone said “your arms are too short to box with God”. If you’re fighting with God, you’re going to lose. And if you’re running from the Lord, you’re running out of time. God might humor you, and you might think we’re getting away, but He will bring the struggle to an end.

That is what happened to Pharaoh. The Jewish people were living as slaves in Egypt until God’s time was right. The problem was that Pharaoh wasn’t willing to listen. Instead of releasing the Israelites, he dug in his heels and refused to let them go. He effectively challenged God, saying to Moses and Aaron, “And who is the Lord? Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I don’t know the Lord, and I will not let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). Pharaoh was saying, “I can take God on.”

Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

The Lord gave Pharaoh many opportunities to release the Jews, but Pharaoh refused. So the Lord brought ten plagues on Egypt. These included lice, flies, bugs, spiders, frogs, and hail. It got worse and worse. And Pharaoh hardened his heart. So the Lord gave Pharaoh over to his decision, the Lord strengthened Pharaoh in the decision he had already made.

Jesus said, “For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged” (Matthew 7:2). Pharaoh drowned the Jewish baby boys, and God was about to drown Pharaoh’s army.

Many times the things we try to inflict on others come right back on us. The trap you set for another may be the trap that brings you down.

David Ball