Exodus 8: Praise Is Not Optional
First of all, I am really sorry that this so late at night. I try to write in the morning as you know, but that obviously didn’t happen today.
Anyway, enough with the apologies. We are in Exodus chapter 8, and rather than highlight a few verses in particular thought this passage, we need to look at the overall structure.
Basically, there was a plague, Pharaoh asked Moses and Aaron to call on God to remove it, they did it and Pharaoh would still not let the Israelites go.
Then, they would move onto another plague and the cycle would begin all over again. Obviously, Pharaoh was kind of a convenience believer.
I am not implying that he was a Christian whatsoever because I really have no legitimate proof of that claim, but it is obvious that he believed in Moses and Aaron’s ability to ask God to remove whatever plague was currently going on.
Rather, I am trying to show that he believed in the power of God when he wanted God to get rid of the problems. However, as soon as the problems were gone, Pharaoh went back to ignoring the power of God. He didn’t seem to remember why he got his people in trouble in the beginning.
Obviously, as Christians, we should try to never act like this. God isn’t simply a vending machine that you put requests into and get results out. We shouldn’t only believe in His sovereignty when we want Him to do something.
God deserves our praise and attention all of the time. It is often said that is easy to believe in God when times are good, and I believe that that is true. After all, when God has been exceedingly generous and given us plenty, it is pretty easy to be grateful.
However, I think that it is also easy to fall into a similar trap of only paying attention to God when we want Him to do something.
Psa 34:1 A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
1Th 5:16 Rejoice evermore.
1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
As you can tell from all of these verses, praise really is not optional, and we definitely don’t want to be like Pharaoh. We shouldn’t only talk to God when we are calling for help. We definitely can call for help, but there is more to the relationship than that.