An old western drama begins showing two men facing off in the street. One is on the side of good; the other a desperado. I am reminded of Moses’ and Aaron’s showdown with Pharaoh. This was a face-off between good and evil. As far as Pharaoh was concerned, it was all about pride. Moses and Aaron wanted to be free to serve God. “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me” (Ex. 8:1). This stands as an example to never get in God’s way.
We’re all prideful. With God’s help we can keep it to a minimum. In chapter eight God sent frogs, lice and flies on the Egyptians. I don’t know how people endured that. Had Pharaoh humbled himself and let the Jews go, all would have been well. Instead it is noted thrice, “He (Pharaoh) hardened his heart.”
Another lesson we take from this is the depth, length and breadth of God’s grace and mercy. God could have blown Egypt off of the map, but He gives everyone ample opportunity to repent (“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” 1 Ti. 2:4). We all know the deeper lessons of the chapter. God was in a showdown with the Egyptian gods and He dethroned them all for God is omnipotent (Rev. 19:6). It was like taking a club to a gunfight. But God was more than merciful. At anytime we can surrender our pride and restoration begins.
Because of Pharaoh’s pride, his subjects suffered. That is the thing with pride. It often affects others. Folk have left the planet because of pride. (“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” Ac. 12:21-23).
In our lifetimes, how many leaders have fallen whose pride choked them. How many ministers have failed, because they gave not God the glory. Look around as you navigate the countryside and look at the abandoned churches. They litter our land like a gravestones. A lot of these closures are due to our increasing pride as a nation. We have become too prideful to worship God, surrender to the ministry or failed to give God His and as a result-churches close. As the protective hand of God moves away from our nation, let us pray Jesus returns soon so we will not experience any plagues. If America is not careful, God may let us go!