Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 1, 2022

Who Is Your Pharaoh?

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” Exodus 14:13a (NIV)

The Exodus is one of the most significant Biblical accounts of God’s deliverance. To this day, the Jewish nation recognizes Passover annually to celebrate their people’s triumphant exodus from Egypt. Old Testament highlights never fail to mention Pharaoh’s hardened heart and the defeat of his armies as the waters of the Red Sea captured the captors. The Lord’s might along with his servant’s obedience assured the survival and success of the Jewish people for generations to follow. Pharaoh was defeated and God’s people were freed.

Who is your Pharaoh? Systems, strongholds and sins can withhold our freedom. Others figure prominently as culprits of captivity. Leaders fail to lead, protectors fail to protect and the love of loved ones fails to respond. The realities of a fallen world that increasingly devalues the truth and hope found in Christ further exaggerate the effects of life’s happenings on our fragile emotions, hopes and stability.

Furthermore, if I am honest, often my Pharaoh is me. Plagued with hurts and a history rich in defeat, my internal voice of experience shouts of danger and pending doom and thwarts God’s plans and desires for my life. Pointing my finger elsewhere saves my fragile esteem yet maintains my captivity. God, His Word and godly community allow me to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b NIV). I must choose to run towards my God and away from the enemy. God’s wisdom is at hand. And thus, my freedom follows.

As the Exodus powerfully assures, God can change Pharaoh’s heart. God is persuasive and creative in His approach. He persists, even when Pharaoh’s heart is further hardened and the impact on God’s people is harshened. God promises, directs and comforts. He remains until victory is realized, His children are freed and His glory evident.

“Father, reveal to me the Pharaohs that are holding me captive and grant me the wisdom to claim the freedom from captivity that is found in You. May I stand firm and may the victory glorify You alone.”

For His Glory


Kathryn Hayman
TRBC Women’s Life

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