Exodus 7: Respites

Respite: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

The respites from the world are easy but weak. The signs and wonders of our God are hard but supernaturally secure. “10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. …13 Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.”

Pharaoh’s respite in that moment provided by the magicians proves to darken his heart and keep him from the Lord. We see this again in chapter 7 with the blood of the Nile River, and even more as the plagues of Egypt go on. There was a respite that gave him an illusion of control, and so Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, blinding him from God’s signs and wonders.

We are not in control, God is. If we were, we’d all be in a much worse place than we are right now. It’s a weight our shoulders cannot bear. And yet, by nature of a fallen world, there are so many things that can happen to make us think we are in control. We get “good job”s and high fives, we buy a new car, we meet that special someone, we just know when things are going really well, and I am not saying that those are bad things. Those are all really great things, but it shall not be where we find our joy & meaning, nor where we are to take refuge in a time of trouble. Through those good times let us never stray even one iota from the understanding that we are not in control, due to respites from the world, that are in the grand scheme of things meaningless because true joy to overflow our souls can only be found in surrender to Jesus Christ. The problem with finding refuge in life’s respites is that they are cheap, and will not sustain us during the times of trouble, which are certain to come. They will harden our hearts from submission to God’s good and razor sharp plan, and they give us more of ourselves, which is the worst news in the universe. Let us be Christians who do not forget about the Lord’s power when the world wants to tell us that we’re in control. We are to surrender our plans and total control to God unconditionally, so that we might be set free from ourselves. And that…is the best news in universe. The One who created my soul is to be the captain of my soul.

— Cole

Application Questions

Who is captain of your life? The very creator of your life? Or you?

What are some respites in your life that, going through them, you need to ground yourself in the Lord, and know you are not in control?