“Pay Attention”

“Some of Pharaoh’s officials were afraid because of what the Lord had said.

They quickly brought their servants and livestock in from the fields.

But those who paid no attention to the word of the Lord left theirs out in the open.”

Exodus 9:20-21

God had just warned Pharaoh that He was sending a hailstorm more devastating than any in all the history of Egypt. He went on to warn them, “…any person or animal left outside will die when the hail falls.” And that’s exactly what happened…the hail destroyed everything in the open, leaving Egypt in total ruins.


God is always fair. Before sending any of the plagues, God gave Pharaoh and his people warning so they could save themselves from destruction. I found it interesting to read that before this plague, some were afraid because of what the Lord had said and made choices that spared their lives. But others paid no attention to the word of the Lord. Their disregard for God’s word meant inevitable suffering and even death.


My loving Father has also given me instructions that will save my life, but do I respect what He says? If I pay no attention to the Word of the Lord, I leave my whole life open to destruction. Can I trust that God’s instructions are always for my good? Or do I behave like the Egyptians who paid no attention to the word of the Lord and did nothing. If that is my choice, then I cannot blame God when the hail storms come and ruin my life! Ouch!



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