What an obstinate, stubborn, willful, hard- headed, unyielding man! It is so easy to see those attributes in Pharaoh. Verse 32 summarizes the chapter by saying "Pharaoh hardened his heart". Thankfully, none of those words would ever describe me, right?
The writer of Psalm 95 speaks to those who declare the LORD as their God, the people of His pasture and the sheep of his hand, not to harden their hearts. Hebrews 3:7-13, referring to Psalm 95, commands the "brothers" to carefully protect their hearts from unbelief and to warn each other daily about the deceitfulness of sin that leads to hard hearts. In both testaments God warns of the dangers of hard heartedness for those who claim Him as Lord.
Lord God, place brothers and sisters in Christ around me who love me enough to remind and warn me as You do.
Is it not surprising that with all the disciples saw and heard, we only have this one instance where one of the twelve asked Jesus to teach them? I have often wondered if this request came from the event in Mark 9 where the disciples were unable to cast the demon out of the boy. Jesus had previously given them the authority over unclean spirits, and they had cast out many demons (Mark 6:7-13). When they asked Jesus why they were unable to do so in this specific instance, Jesus said, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer".
In answer to the request, Jesus not only taught them how to pray but the importance of persistent prayer. Even though your Father knows what you need before you ask (Matthew 6:8), you are still to ask, seek and knock.
Father, I confess I too need to be taught to pray. Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit, who prays for me when I do not know what to pray. You say You will give the Holy Spirit to those who will ask, and I am asking for all of Your Spirit You desire to give me.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Many people, like Bildad in Job 25, use the example of man being a worm in comparison to God. But when I read Paul's linkage of the same Spirit, the same Lord and the same God, I was reminded of a quote by John Wesley. "Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the triune God".
From the beginning (Genesis 1:26), God reveals His plural nature, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". Yet, He stipulates His oneness by saying in Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is one". Jesus say, "I and the Father are one" in John 10:30.
Scripture regularly reveals to us the triune nature of God as in Matthew 28:19, "Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and in 2 Corinthians 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit".
Holy Trinity, I know I will never completely comprehend You, but thank You for the revelation You have provided through Your Word. How could the finite ever grasp the infinite? Help me to know You as completely as You desire.