The following blog entry is compliments of Pastor Leon Hiebert, Community Care Pastor of Generations Church, Andover, KS
Scripture: Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” (also verse 18)
Observation: 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. In the verse above, we see that God had the same desire in the Old Testament.
Instead of wanting to help the Israelites accomplish God’s will, the Egyptians were set on keeping them in slavery. They were working against God. Yet God wanted them to know Him. We know God loved the Israelites, but the truth is—God loved the Egyptians too!
Application: When people stand against me and what I believe God wants to do in my life, it is easy to write them off my list of friends. That may be my way, but it is not God’s way. He loves them too! He wants me to love them too.
Prayer: Lord, You love my enemies and You tell me to love them too, to bless them that curse me and to do good to them that hate me and pray for them who spitefully use and persecute me. (Mt 5:44) To do this, Lord, I need your help. Amen.