But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. Exodus 7:4
We all are familiar with the story of Moses and how his assignment from God was to deliver the Children of Israel out of the hand of Pharaoh. In studying the story again, I was encouraged in reading about the one obstacle in front of Moses that prevented God’s chosen people from being freed. Some of you may argue the fact that God, yes you guessed it, hardened Pharaoh’s heart. But if you look closer, the bible tells us repeatedly that Pharaoh did not have the ability to have compassion towards the children of Israel and God knew it.
Nevertheless, if we simplify this thought, the Children of Israel was successful after Pharaoh’s heart was softened to submission towards God allowing the freedom for the Children of Israel to go forth. God wanted his chosen people to serve Him in the wilderness.
Today, our families are quarantined, we are witnessing signs and wonders within the earth, it almost feels like we are in a season of plagues. Is God disappointed in us? How do we survive this season? I believe God is looking for us to repent from having a hardened heart towards him and his people and for us to start demonstrating a servant’s heart after God. A hardened heart is a heart that stops having kind or friendly feelings for someone or caring about something. Having a servant’s heart means to not only put other’s needs ahead of our own but to serve with the right motivation and that is to put God’s will first. Now is the time for the body of Christ to have a servant’s heart and be freed from bondage. I have listed 2 powerful scriptures to help encourage you. Also, look at Exodus 15:26! God promises are ye and amen.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Ephesians 6:5-6
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21