Then the Lord said to Moses, “Return to Pharaoh and make your demands again. I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can display my miraculous signs among them. I’ve also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them—and so you will know that I am the LORD.” Exodus 10:1-2 NLT
Earlier on the mission it seemed that the mission was doomed to failure. Pharaoh was not moved by anything Moses said or did. At first, the people didn’t hear Moses because they were so beaten down. When negative events begin to crowd your assignment, it can give rise to doubt. The process was not smooth for Moses. God told him repeatedly to go back to Pharaoh. In this instance, God made Pharaoh’s heart hard so all will see how powerful God is.
The obstacle in man’s eyes was an opportunity for God to showcase His power. You see, God was not asking Pharaoh for his permission to set the people free. This process allowed God to make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn; then God would have an opportunity to display His miraculous signs. If Pharaoh said, “Men of Egypt, you know it’s not a good thing to enslave all these people. Let’s sign a declaration and set them free.” There would be no reason to send the plagues into Egypt. God sent the plagues on the Egyptians but spared the Hebrews.
Yet, Pharaoh continued to harden his heart. He would say they could leave, then he would change his mind. By this time, some of his staff began begging him to let them go. When you get discouraged on your mission, don’t give up. Maybe God is allowing someone to harden their heart to build your faith and develop your character. Stay true to your mission, don’t give up and watch God give you the victory.
Thought for Today: Friend, when in doubt, trust God.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.