God of the Heart


Pharaoh and His Host Drowned in the Red Sea (i...

Pharaoh and His Host Drowned in the Red Sea (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”

God’s purpose is not always clear, but like Moses if we build a close relationship with God, it is possible for us to know His purpose and will in certain circumstances. Here we have a story of God sending Moses to Pharaoh demanding that he let His people go. Before hand God had told Moses that He would harden the heart of Pharaoh, that we might know he is God. This may cause us to ask a lot of questions, but the point here is that God is the God of all life and is also the God who controls the heart.

Knowing that all things are in the hand and control of God, what we should pray for when we come up against hard circumstances when we face off with the enemy, is to ask God to change the hearts and minds of those in opposition to His will. However, we must be careful not to ask based on our human understanding, but knowing what God truly desire we should ask within those lines.

God led Israel to a land they would become slaves, it seems according to the story, rather than allowing Israel to remain in Canaan where they could multiply and grow under their own law being free men; God led them to a land of bondage that He might display His power as God.

It also seems as if God wanted to make a point to the world, a point that He is God and the only true God. This leads me to ask, why would God chose to do such a thing as taking His people to the point of death, only to prove that He is God; could God not have done it some other way and not at the expense of others?

There was a point to the story, He is God and will work out His perfect will in our lives. Two He is the God who controls the hearts of men for His purpose. This shows that if we have come to Christ through the Spirit of God who changes our hearts, we are saved and are chosen by God according to His divine will and purpose for our lives. However, every man on earth has a choice, and if he chooses Christ he will be saved on account of the help he received from the Holy Spirit.  God is Lord, and the one who controls the human heart, He is able to change our hearts, and the hearts of our enemies if we ask him.

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