Chapter-a-Day Exodus 7

FrustratedYet Pharaoh was as stubborn as ever—he wouldn’t listen to them, just as God had said. Exodus 7:13 (TM)

As my daughter, Taylor, gets ready to graduate in a few weeks and head off to college in the fall, I’ve been thinking a lot of about parenting and the life-cycle of family. One of the most frustrating realities for me, as a parent, is that a child is his or her own person. You can be a great parent and your child could still choose to rebel and go her own way. It’s a scary thought. Yet, I get up each day and love my kids to the best of my ability; I pray for them, I try to teach them, I try to prepare them for life, and I do my best to show them the way by example. I can only do my best to uphold my end of the bargain; what they do with their end is up to them.

Moses and Aaron were called to a similar task. They did what they were called to do, even though Pharaoh’s hard heart was not going to change. It had to have been frustrating for them, even when God told them that Pharaoh was not going to believe them, they were asked to do it anyway. God is like that. He goes out of His way to love us and provide a way, even knowing that many will choose to ignore all that He’s done.

So what’s the point? Sometimes it’s not about the results in others but the results in us when we are obedient to what God called us to do. Sometimes God’s ultimate purpose is fulfilled though the seemingly immediate purpose is not. Either way, our job – like Moses and Aaron – is to be obedient to do what we’re called to do. The results are out of our hands.

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  1. The part of this story that hit me today is that Pharoah’s magicians could recreate what Moses and Aaron did per God’s command. That must have confused Moses and Aaron. “God why are you having us do this…it isn’t working???” Yet, they are obedient to their call. They don’t ask questions (at this point), just listen and obey. I ask too many questions of God sometimes.

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Chapter-a-Day Exodus 7

FrustratedYet Pharaoh was as stubborn as ever—he wouldn’t listen to them, just as God had said. Exodus 7:13 (TM)

As my daughter, Taylor, gets ready to graduate in a few weeks and head off to college in the fall, I’ve been thinking a lot of about parenting and the life-cycle of family. One of the most frustrating realities for me, as a parent, is that a child is his or her own person. You can be a great parent and your child could still choose to rebel and go her own way. It’s a scary thought. Yet, I get up each day and love my kids to the best of my ability; I pray for them, I try to teach them, I try to prepare them for life, and I do my best to show them the way by example. I can only do my best to uphold my end of the bargain; what they do with their end is up to them.

Moses and Aaron were called to a similar task. They did what they were called to do, even though Pharaoh’s hard heart was not going to change. It had to have been frustrating for them, even when God told them that Pharaoh was not going to believe them, they were asked to do it anyway. God is like that. He goes out of His way to love us and provide a way, even knowing that many will choose to ignore all that He’s done.

So what’s the point? Sometimes it’s not about the results in others but the results in us when we are obedient to what God called us to do. Sometimes God’s ultimate purpose is fulfilled though the seemingly immediate purpose is not. Either way, our job – like Moses and Aaron – is to be obedient to do what we’re called to do. The results are out of our hands.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and blah_oh_well

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