It's hard to read how time after time Pharaoh hardens his heart and refuses to repent. I know how the story ends and I want to cry out, "Don't do it!"
I've seen similar stories play out in the lives of people I love. I've seen them make decision after decision that takes them further from God, watched them experience painful consequence after painful consequence without seeming to "get" the connection between their actions and the results they are getting. I know I've certainly been on that path myself a time or ten and I'm so thankful that God didn't let me keep going, that at some point the consequences made me stop and look around, consider where I was headed, and turn back before it was too late.
This chapter reminds me that God is so patient. He gives us so many chances to make the right decision. But still, there comes a point, and we don't know when it is, when our chances are up. When time runs out.
Praying today for those who don't know Him. May they look at the signs and wonders God is doing in their life everyday, both in their blessings and in their hardships, and realize that He is pursuing them. May they see that their current path leads to only more pain. May they realize that their time may soon be up.
Praying for those of us who know the Lord that we would be alert to the signs and wonders God performs in our lives. May we give Him praise in both the blessings and the hardships and allow all of it to draw us closer to Him.