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Ignoring God didn’t work for pharaoh, and certainly won’t work for you

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By Jess Thompson

It’s interesting how we often try to follow God’s rules on our terms, not his.
How many times have we thought about trying to quit sinning, yet plan on doing it again?
I know I have, and in my mind often think, “Well maybe next week or next month or later in life I will stop doing that.”
The pharaoh of Egypt in the book of Exodus kept putting off God’s commands when he kept the children of Israel in slavery. God brought about plague after plague against the tyranny of the Egyptians.
Can you imagine flies swarming everywhere?  The rivers turned to blood?  Innumerable frogs falling from the sky?  All of the livestock of the land dead? Hail falling and storms worse than the nation of Egypt having ever seen?  Locusts filling the houses and covering the ground until it was black, hen sheer darkness over the land?
Finally, death to all firstborn including Pharaoh’s son?  Don’t you think that throughout all of these plaques pharaoh kept telling himself just one more night — one more night and this will all end?
Surely pharaoh, the king of the land, would be victorious.
Unfortunately he wasn’t. Are we not much like him in that we disobey God’s commands and will for us?
In pharaoh’s case, he went through more hardship and direct confrontation with God’s commands than I can imagine, and he still wouldn’t yield until the bitter end.  
Don’t wait to surrender your life to God. Christ describes what happens to us when we disobey God’s commands in Luke 12:47: “And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.”

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.