A Montrose Church Lent Devotional by Pastor Rick
Lent Day 2
Today's reading: Exodus 5:10-23
God’s people were in a world of hurt. Pharaoh, under the false assumption that he was in charge of the universe, was making life miserable for them, imposing unreasonable expectations on them in their work, attacking their credibility, and undermining their efforts. Why was he acting in such an inhumane and merciless way? They wanted to honor their God by holding a festival of worship and praise. This desire did not sit well with Pharaoh and he inflicted as much pain on the people as he could without killing them, and even this wasn’t out of the question.
Did you know there are people all around the world today who suffer because they simply want to worship God? Evidently, God is a huge threat to certain powers in the world, and these powers will stop at nothing to end loyalty to God. Apparently, "Thus says the Lord," means nothing in certain circles.
The action of Pharaoh’s ego reminds us that all is not well in the world. The season of Lent calls us to slow down, put our world in perspective, recognize the harsh realities all around us, and to see that God has not abandoned His people, but that He "is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
There will always be Pharaohs in this world, and they will inflict their insanity on others in every way they can conceive. Lent reminds us, however, that Pharaoh’s days are numbered. He will strut his stuff, but he is not God. The apostle Paul tells us, "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time" (Romans 8:22). It is Jesus who was raised up from the dead, not Pharaoh. It is Jesus who has conquered death and the grave. Pharaoh is in a lame duck session. His days are numbered and his idiocy will crash and burn. When it is all over, Pharaoh and his cronies will lie wasting away in the filth of their own creation.
The people of God, however, will know the full impact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They will join in a choir of countless millions of people who have received the free gift of God and will sing,
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 15:55, 57
Pharaoh’s days are numbered. Jesus Christ is Lord!
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