In the Exodus account, Pharaoh encountered 10 plagues and failed to repent until the final plague (where the firstborn in every household that wasn’t covered by the blood of the lamb died). What I’ve noticed is that the plagues happen in an order of increasing severity. But what I also noticed is that God doesn’t just nuke us to get our attention. It’s a process. So my question is:
what will it take for God to get your attention?
How far will you go, how much will you endure before you say “that’s enough” and repent?
Exodus 7.20-21: He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. 21 The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad that the Egyptians could not drink its water. Blood was everywhere in Egypt
Exodus 8.13-14: The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. 14 They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.
Exodus 8.16-17: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 17 They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came upon men and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats.
Exodus 8.24: And the Lord did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.
Exodus 9.3 & 6: the hand of the Lord will bring a terrible plague on your livestock in the field—on your horses and donkeys and camels and on your cattle and sheep and goats…And the next day the Lord did it: All the livestock of the Egyptians died, but not one animal belonging to the Israelites died.
Exodus 9.10: So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on men and animals.
Exodus 9.23-25: When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; 24 hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. 25 Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.
Exodus 10.13-15: So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the Lord made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; 14 they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again. 15 They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.
Exodus 10.22-23: So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or leave his place for three days.
Exodus 11.5: Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well.
What will it take for God to get your attention? I’ve asked myself when I would say “that’s enough! That’s too much to bear!” and I don’t like the answer. So I pay closer attention to when my heart is hard because I don’t want to get to the point of “that’s enough.”