Let Not Our Hearts

Hardened hearts struggle to hear the still small voice within.  When we become cold and calloused to the world, whispers seem impossible to discern.  However, when we are in constant communion with Christ, our hearts remain tender and receptive toward Him.

As the story of Moses continues in Exodus, I have arrived at the passage where he and Aaron are told by God to go to Pharaoh to again ask to let the people go.  God warns them that Pharaoh’s heart will be hard, so He tells them to speak of the impending plague that will befall the Nile, if Pharaoh refuses to allow the people to go.  Pharaoh, of course chooses to not allow the people their freedom, and Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded, and all the water in the Nile changed into blood.  “But the Egyptian magicians did the same by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.” – (Exodus 7:22)

Pharaoh responded in the same way to plagues of frogs, gnats, and flies.  Though he would call out to Moses and Aaron in the midst of the struggle, and began to seem as though he was willing to allow the people to go, the moment relief was found, his heart was again hardened and his mind set against their going.

Often, we are just like Pharaoh.  Our hearts are hardened until a need is present, and then – then we are ready and willing to call on Christ.  Suddenly, we are passionately pursuing the One we have all but forgotten for so long.  When the crisis is over and all is well, we set Him aside and go back to business as usual.  No more.  I am not called to live like Pharaoh.  My example of how to be in a right relationship with God, is found through Jesus.  He lived out His days loving God, and loving people.  Detours and difficulty did not deter Him from that call.  Always, even as He was hanging on the cross between two criminals, with one hurling insults at Him – He chose to love.  May our hearts be ever tender towards Christ, and may we live out our days, loving God and people, just as we are loved by Him.

Let not our hearts,Let Not Our Hearts

become cold and hard;

self-sufficient,

to Him, no regard.

Rather, let’s love,

as He has loved us;

with heart’s tender,

open to Jesus.

May our ears hear,

the tender small voice;

that will direct,

if we seek His choice.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so much that You sent Your Son to suffer and die in our place.  Thank You that You made the way for us to enter into a relationship with You, not just for now, but one that lasts into eternity.  Forgive us for being fickle in our faith, or for hardening our hearts to hearing You.  Help us to be plugged in and present, so that our hearts may be tender and full of trust in You.  May we love as You love us, and may many come to know the blessings found in belonging to You.  May the words of our mouth and the direction of our path, be pleasing unto You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Pharaoh’s Follies

God said to Moses,

“I send you, now go;

to free my people,

from Egypt’s Pharaoh.”

With fear and trembling,

refusing alone.

Aaron went with him,

they headed for home.

Back to the palace,

from which he had run,

to call forth freedom,

for God’s chosen ones.

Hard-hearted Pharaoh,

image by Top Travel Lists

image by Top Travel Lists

flat-out refused.

Water became blood.

His heart was unmoved.

Next from the water,

up onto the land,

came countless the frogs,

to force Pharaoh’s hand.

Soon after the frogs,

came gnats and the flies.

Followed by livestock,

of Egypt, all dies.

Still that old Pharaoh,

hard-hearted he stayed.

So boils and hail,

came in latter days.

Next came the locusts,

devouring ones;

then three days darkness –

no sight of the sun.

The worst and the last,

the death of firstborns.

Anguish of Egypt;

resolve at last, worn.

(Responding to Exodus 7-11)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way once and for all so that we might become clean and covered, and come into relationship with You.  Thank You that You sent Your Spirit to live in us, so that we have a Comforter and Counselor who is ever-present.  Please forgive us for our own hard-heartedness, and help keep our hearts soft and tender toward You, so that we may be easily led, corrected and directed by You, as You love us so well.  Teach us to trust You in all things and at all times.  Use us as Your instruments of peace to present Your hope to those who have none.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present