Sometimes it’s simple, but other times it’s tricky. Whenever you last took a test, did you breathe a little easier when you saw it was multiple choice? However, maybe as you began to take the test, you realized it was not your ordinary multiple choice test. You had choice A, choice B, then somewhere down the list, there it lurked to paralyze your cerebral powers: “None of the Above.”
Pharaoh faced a test. The options were: A) Let God’s people go; B) Refuse and face judgment (Exodus 8:1-2). Pharaoh tries to pencil in his own option. It’s option C—Compromise. “Sacrifice to your God in the land” (8:25). “I will let you go…only ye shall not go very far away” (8:28). In future confrontations, he tries to mitigate disaster through compromise. God was not a game show host. With God, it was all or nothing.
In our own lives, we are constantly positioned to respond either A) All for God or B) Refuse and face consequences. Yet. we try to insert option C into the mix. We allow the circumstances to determine our action.
“But the children were really looking forward to it.”
“It’s only temporary.”
“I already paid for it; what a waste if we don’t go.”
On and on, we complicate the obvious answer with our imaginary option C. Anything other than complete devotion to God causes us to default to option B (which has the consequences). There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 16:25). Believer, you know better! Our refusal to stand upon principle places us in opposition to God. You cannot serve God and your corrupt desires for compromise. Moses will ask the fateful question in a few chapters, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” That’s option A and it’s the right answer. There is no option C.