Hi Sunday peeps!
I hope your week has been restful and that you’re off to a great Sunday!
This week, during my devotionals (I’m doing the lent study guide on She Reads Truth) I came across this verse:
“Then Pharaoh called Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; pyour little ones also may go with you; only let your flocks and your herds remain behind.” Exodus 10 24-45
And, it really struck me.
You know how we talked about “Jesus guilt” last Sunday reflection? Today, I’m talking about what I am going to call “Pharaoh Mentality.”
As I was reading Exodus, and stumbled upon this tiny little verse, that is often overlooked, it really resonated with me. How often in my life do I tell God that I want to serve him but then, just like how Pharaoh said that the Israelites had to leave the flocks and herds (knowing Moses was asking for EVERYTHING,) do I not give ALL of me/my issue/my fear/whatever in over to serving the Lord?
I am sure Pharaoh kept these things because they were security – flocks and herds could feed his people if need be.
It’s like I am subconsciously saying “here God, you can have most of whatever is going on in my life, but I want to hold just a few things back because they’re safe and secure to me. I don’t trust you with EVERYTHING in my life.”
It’s like wanting to live a life of FULL surrender to God, but only stretching out one hand towards him. The other is behind your back holding onto whatever it is, and you’re thinking God doesn’t see you holding it back.
He obviously knows when we’re not giving it ALL to him, and resting in whatever we think will bring us earthly security/peace/etc.
So, where is your “Pharaoh Mentality?” Is there an area of your life that you’re not letting go to serve God out of security or comfort or some earthly reason in your brain?
I know where mine is, and I challenge you to find yours too!
Let’s slowly walk in faith to banish both “Jesus Guilt” and “Pharaoh Mentality” so we can live a live fully surrendered to our Lord.
And, give yourself grace if it’s a “two steps forward, one step back” kinda journey. I know mine is. 😊
Happy Sunday! <3