What is the most difficult part about following Jesus for you?
Read // Exodus 10
“No! Have only the men go and worship the Lord, since that is what you have been asking for.” Exodus 10:11
I often get to help out with watching my three little nephews while my sister is at work. This exercise has taught me many lessons on the human condition! One of which is the desire to obey on our own terms. My nephews will often be obedient on a surface level while they really intend to obey in their own way, at their own pace and on their own terms.
We see this same dynamic in Pharaoh’s response to the plagues. He wants to obey on his own terms. In 10:11, we see that He wants the plague to stop, so he now says he is willing to let the Israelites go and worship the Lord—but he says don’t take the women and children, only the men. That would be obedience on his terms, not God’s.
In verse 24, he says “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.” Again, that would be obedience on his terms, not God’s. This is what an unrepentant heart looks like trying to obey God. It wants to get rid of the punishment but it does not want to give anything up. Their response to God is all about them. They are still the center of their universe.
This is what Pharaoh is used to—being the king of his own kingdom. This is what we are used to as well. So, we often try to obey but on our terms so that we can still be our own king and live for our own kingdom.
Where do you need to fully repent? How have you placed yourself on the throne of your life?
What would it look like practically for you to put Jesus on the throne everyday?
Confess to the Lord the ways you have been your own master this week. Ask Him to help you trust Him fully with your life.
Tell a friend or family member about a practical way you want to dethrone yourself from control of your life this week. Ask them to hold you accountable.