“…But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgement, I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.” (Exodus 7: 3, 4 NIV)
Forward to Romans 9…For scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore, God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
Yesterday marked the shut down of government institutions here in America. It took Congress 21 days last time this happened to come to an agreement. The country stays split on most polls concerning any topic. Christians are found on both sides of debate. Where does this lead? Eventually, half our country dissatisfied.
President Obama is under God’s ultimate authority rather he recognizes this or not. Just like Pharaoh, he has been positioned for this specific time in history. There is no question whose authority Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu walks in. His direct stance at the United Nations general session, declared Israel will not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons even if meant fighting battle alone. Alone?
Signs and wonders
You know, likely a question from Egyptians under Pharaoh’s authority during their plagues. Pharaoh could have the frogs removed immediately, yet waited till the next day. His people endured each of these hardships based on Pharaoh’s hardened heart. Today, we have miraculous signs and wonders seen in various ways more precise with volatile weather patterns. Different parts of our country have experienced out of control fires and the strongest on the scale tornadoes. I believe further into days ahead, more specific signs and wonders will be seen.
So, what do we do? We acknowledge our true authority in Jesus Christ. We pray and seek the Lord. God promises, those who seek will find. With weeds cleaned out, our minds are clear to hear God’s quiet whisper. He will guide and direct us in the way we should go. God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. We know to be careful with news commentators. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Let’s get serious to pray about this. Jesus is our only true hope during times of uncertainty. We do not want to be fooled. As we dig deeper today, apply Biblical truth to current events to help us understand.