The Hardened Heart
“But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the Lord had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.”
Exodus 9:12 NLT
There’s this interesting thing that happens when people discuss this verse and those like it. “Did Pharaoh have free will if God hardened his heart?” It’s a valid question, but in the end one that lacks context.
Not getting into any other theology, that question forgets that pharaoh had made his choice. See, God hardened pharaoh’s heart according to scripture. But this was after pharaoh had hardened his own heart 5 times. He’d made his decision. He was not going along with God’s plans willingly. God can see the future anyway. He could have hardened it from the beginning and forced paroah’s hand. Instead he gave him the choice to willingly participate, and pharaoh kept God’s people from worshipping Him. It was a grave and eventually fatal mistake.
It’s human nature to hold on to that which we are already doing. Sometimes it’s pride, sometimes it’s fear of losing our investment, sometimes it’s fear of the unknown. But make no mistake, it is dangerous to harden your heart to a certain path against God. Eventually you can find yourself so far down that path that the darkeness is insurmountable. Sometimes God doesn’t light your dark paths but commands you to find the light of the path He originally set your feet upon.
This week I implore you to examine your decisions. Never haggle with God and ask Him to make right what is wrong. Never harden your heart against His real plan and always trust him if He has told you to change your path.