The Will of Pharaoh


And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” Exodus 7:1-5

Much earlier in my life as a believer, I was troubled by passages that indicated God had made the decisions for us, as to whether or not we were to be saved. It seemed unfair, and I even found it depressing that most people are destined for destruction by the will of God. Is that the case? Or is His foreknowledge so complete that He merely manipulates those who aren’t going to choose Him anyway?

When I read the scriptures that tell us how he is not willing that any should perish, I don’t see it as a contradiction, but evidence of our limited understanding. Rather than argue with the creator of the universe about things I cannot possibly know about, I bow before Him and rejoice in His presence. I am an unworthy vessel who clings to His mercy. I am a speck of dust in His universe, and He still reaches out to me. I have no right to judge my God, and if I thought I did, it would be evidence that I was some kind of pretentious idiot.

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