Midweek Wake-Up, March 15th, 2018
As I sat and read through the book of Exodus last week, I became keenly aware of the tendency within me, to defend God, while missing the sheer wonder of His grace and mercy. Coming to Exodus 4:21 I was confronted with the words of God stating that He would “harden Pharoah’s heart, so that he (Pharoah) will not let the people go”. The urge within me was to defend God, explain away what those words really meant, how God’s sovereignty may actually have meant something very different. But I couldn’t escape it, that is what Scripture says.
Perhaps what I find most interesting in my life, is the tendency to defend God, getting caught up in actions that I believe could not be fair, thus having my eyes blinded to the other side of God’s sovereignty.
That side being that just as I have no idea why God chose to harden Pharoah’s heart, I have no idea why He chose the Israelites to rescue from slavery. And why would God decide to rescue us and die for us while we were still sinners. I do believe that Exodus gives us the answer to this over and over again. We will continually come across words such as: ‘and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord’, ‘Be it as you say, so that may know that there is no one like the Lord our God’, ‘you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine’, ‘you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’, ‘I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God, and they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them’.
If we simply ask why would God do this to poor Pharaoh, I believe we miss the absolute wonder of our redemption and rescue. Is it okay to struggle with such questions? I believe it is, as we are after all fallen human beings. However, I would also state, if it takes our eyes off the incredible mercy that had a sovereign God choose us as His children, we will be in danger of missing the incredible picture of grace we see in this book and all through Scripture. The sheer delight that God chose to love us, simply because He chose us.
NSC, this morning as you ponder the sheer magnitude of God’s sovereignty, and all that it entails, may you ponder the incredible truth that God chose to rescue the Israelites out of their slavery. Then be reminded of the foreshadowing we see, that of the God who sovereignly chose us as His children, through Jesus Christ. May this bring you sheer delight and joy!!