November 25, 2022
“'Every person that is in the field and not brought inside will die when the hail falls on them.'”
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“(The Lord speaking) ‘Every person that is in the field and not brought inside will die when the hail falls on them.’ Those among Pharaoh’s officials who feared the Word of the Lord made their servants and livestock flee to shelters, but those who didn’t take the Lord’s Word seriously left their servants and livestock in the field.” Exodus 9:19-21
This is the first indication that God’s warnings had a productive effect on the Egyptians. While Pharaoh may have chosen to harden his heart, some of his subjects were more than willing to consider the Hebrew God’s threats. They went as far as taking appropriate measures to steer clear of His wrath. That is not to say they were complete converts, but they (at least) knew to respect Him.
This passage reminds me of the general attitude in the secular workplace. Most managers don’t care about the Lord, so they do not heed the Bible’s message of the importance of resting. Underpaid and overworked employees do not produce as well as workers in pleasant conditions. A casual stroll through the average HR department file cabinet will give you a strong indication as to the fallout from disgruntled employees.
In contrast, consider Chick-Fil-A. Years ago, the founder of that corporation (a follower of Jesus) determined not to work on Sundays. Not only that, but he gave everyone in their company the day off! On the week’s busiest restaurant day, Chick-Fil-A closes its doors, yet they gross more than its competitors! They honor the Lord, and He honors their faithfulness.
Likewise, those officials in Pharaoh’s administration who believed God’s message were saved from disaster. The Bible says that when the exodus occurred, the Hebrews left Egypt with a large number of foreigners. There is no indication that these particular officials were in that group, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some of them were.
Have you heard the gospel and witnessed its saving power in the life of someone close to you? Have you noticed that, while followers of Jesus are not immune to hardship, they seem to weather hard times better than others?
Maybe it’s time you took a cue from Pharaoh’s officials. Surrender to Jesus’ Lordship! Save yourself while you still have a self to save!