But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he kept right on sinning, stubborn as ever, both he and his servants. Exodus 9:34 (MSG)
Last night we were having dinner with our friends and, while the adults attempted to enjoy a little table conversation, the little ones were being less than obedient. The table conversation turned to memories of being small and knowing that your parents were engaged and distracted by their guests. You just knew that their eyes and ears were not going to be as sharp, and chances were likely that you could get away with more than normal.
Even as adults, we act like children before our Father God. Pharaoh was humble and contrite as long as God's punishment had him in a national "time out." Yet, when the "time out" was over and Pharaoh perceived that God's eyes were no longer on him, he was right back to his disobedient ways.
God, give me a heart that's pliable and soft. Mold it, through seasons of repentance and correction, and continually transform me to be more like you – even when I sense that no one is watching.
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