“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord,” (Exodus 14:4 ESV).
Many times we assume that our good days are from God and our difficult days are from the devil. But here in Exodus, as the nation of Israel is leaving Egypt and approaching the Red Sea, God says, promises that He will harden Pharaoh’s heart, which ends in the entire Egyptian army pursuing Israel. The fear and difficulties that follow occur as a result of the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise. But God’s goal is not an easy life for us, but glory for Him. He plans our lives in such a way that we bring the most glory to Him. Sometimes that is a good simple way, but many times it is complicated and difficult. He may even harden someone’s heart against us, which is hard for us, but will result in great glory for Him.
Today I hope I can be willing to walk whatever path brings God the most glory, whatever it may look like for me.