But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.
A small blessing can harden the heart.
When Pharaoh saw he got what He wanted – respite from the plague of frogs – he reverted back to his place of pride and hardened his heart towards God.
How does blessing do this? When our attitude says:
- Why did I receive not more?
- This is not enough!
- I deserve more than this
- God must approve of my sin
- Now I can get on with running my own life
God desires we come to Him with surrendered and broken hearts, so that when we seek Him we seek Him on His terms. When we come to God seeking what we can get, the focus is on us (not God) and the result is a hardened heart.
In receiving blessing from God without a surrendered heart, we might get the answer to our prayer, but we will not get the one who answers it. He is the real and true blessing.
PRAYER: Father, I surrender to you my heart. I lay down every false motive in seeking you. You alone are more than enough. I love you Lord. Amen.