Daily D – Exodus 7:13
Exodus 7:13 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the LORD had said.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ex 7:13.
Again and again in these chapters where God takes on the gods of Egypt, the gods lose, God wins, and Pharaoh refuses to acknowledge the truth. Can’t you see him posing and singing Tom Petty lyrics?
Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down
No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won’t back down
(Written by: Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
Lyrics © Gone Gator Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)
Ultimately, finally, Pharaoh did back down. Then, like Rocky on the mat, he got back up. Then his whole army drowned. So.
Here is a simple lesson. When God is right, and he always is, align yourself with him. You will win with him.
When God is right, and he always is, and you oppose him, you will always lose. Don’t be that guy.
This sounds harsh to those who have somehow come to believe that whatever they want is what God wants for them. What God wants for us is better than what we want for ourselves. Always.
Television and movies tell us the highest goal in life is to be happy. This is a false narrative. We work for the weekend and discover it does not satisfy us ultimately. Nothing we try outside of God’s good gifts and his perfect purpose can provide true and lasting satisfaction.
Satan’s favorite lie is, “You can have it your way, any way you want it.” This is partially true. He simply leaves out the consequences inviolably fixed to self-centered actions.
True and lasting satisfaction comes from a deep and abiding walk with God. Jesus talks about this in John 15. He says in verse 17, “This is my command: Love each other.” Life was never intended to be concentered all in ourselves like a black hole consuming everything into its darkness.
Life is meant for us to look out not only for our own interests but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4). Life’s best is sharing the deep bonds of love that seek the highest good for others. If we want our needs and desires met most fully and completely, we will meet the needs and desires of those we know most closely.
Pride kills. God’s love gives life meaning and purpose. Choose love. Choose life.
I will choose love and life, meaning and purpose.
Our Father, please deliver me from prideful desires all about me. Empower me instead with your love that seeks the highest good for others. Immerse my reasoning in your love. Shape my words by your love. Direct my actions by your love. Make me contagious with your love. I want to live a life of purposeful and productive expression of your loving nature. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.