During the time of Moses, God sent a plague upon the Egyptians that would be similar to hell on earth. This is when darkness covered the land of the Egyptians for three days straight, minus the people of Israel. It is written, “and the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God.” (Exodus 10:21-25) And so we see the Pharaoh at first giving in and allowing God’s people to go free. It’s too bad it was for only a short time.
Speaking of Moses, he also said the following to Pharaoh, “our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.” (Exodus 10:26-29) So the Pharaoh just couldn’t get over seeing God’s people and their flocks go free, even with darkness all over the land. The same happens with people who cannot give up their sins or false beliefs for God. Jesus spoke of these people and said, “but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12) Don’t let this be you. Stop hardening your heart against God and repent of your sins today. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will get right with You while there still is time. We will never know the date, hour, minute, or second that we will take our last breath, so I pray that people are preparing to meet You each day of their lives. I love to do this, for You are more than God to me, but also my Father of whom I would do anything for. I mean this, Lord, whatever You would ask of me, I will stop what I am doing and run to do your commands. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven. One day when I eventually die, I pray that I will ascend up into paradise, where I will await the rewards judgment for the righteous. So if there is anything in my life now that needs to change, I am willing to do so. Remove anything out of my life that includes any sins and bad habits that are not for You. You have already ripped out of my heart every addiction, and the false beliefs I once had while growing up. Thank You for thinking of me and for allowing me to be made clean in order to have Your presence in my life. I owe everything to You, God. I trust in You. I love You. In Jesus’s Name, I pray. Amen.