“Rejecting God”

This weeks meditation:  “Rejecting God”
Read: Exodus 12:31-42  Full account is Exodus chapters 7-12

With Egypt in the news prominently this week I can’t help but think back to the second chapter of the Bible (Exodus) where the leader of Egypt was also prominently in the news.  Moses and Aaron formed the team that time and time again went before the Pharaoh of Egypt to request release of the Israelites.  Time and time again Pharaoh rejected God’s messengers and God’s requests.

Although the situation today in Egypt is much different than in the time of Moses I can’t help but think of this story in Exodus as I watch the news unfold in Egypt.  On that same soil many years ago one of the most incredible stories of defiance toward God took place.  10 national plagues later Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go. 

In Exodus 12:31 Pharaoh says, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites!  Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.”  And then, as if nothing had happened to lead up to this, Pharaoh asks, “and also bless me!”  Why was Pharaoh rejecting the God he knew could bless him?

While it easy to ask that question of others it is more helpful to ask it of ourselves.  Why do we sometimes reject the counsel and direction of God when deep in our hearts we know that God is the one who can bless us?  God gave the King of Egypt so many chances to change his mind and trust in the one true God, and yet time after time he refused.

None of us would like to think that we sometimes reject God and yet it may happen more than we realize.  Anytime we choose other things and other people to follow we could be refusing the blessings of God.  There are times that God uses other people to direct us and we need to realize that, but there are also times that we place too much trust in the flesh and too little trust in the Holy Spirit as God’s messenger.

If Pharaoh knew that God could bless him why did he put himself and his people through all of those plaques?  Why do we still do it today?  Imagine the pain and heartache we could avoid if we would turn our hearts toward God instead of hardening our hearts as Pharaoh did.

Make it personal:  Name one area in your life that has been kept from Christ.  One area that you have hardened your heart and rejected God’s entrance.  Take time to pray and ask that your heart could be softened to allow Him in.  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  God wants to bless you in that area if you will let Him!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church