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God's Word For Today

Daily Devotional

Self-Will Versus God’s Will

Read Exodus 4:1 through 6:30

Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2).


This arrogant reply from the tyrannical ruler of Egypt was his answer to Moses’ and Aaron’s request to free God’s people. Clearly, Pharaoh didn’t know the Lord and didn’t care to know Him. Pharaoh only cared about pursuing his own desires. 


This is a clear example of sin’s ugly rebellion against God. Such self-absorbed behavior is rampant on the earth. Even children display it by throwing tantrums. Good parents discipline their children, hoping to teach them socially acceptable behaviors, but humankind needs far more than that. 


People need to be told about the loving God who desires to bless them, if they yield to His will. They need to realize that, when they choose to obey their merciful Father, their sad and empty souls will be filled with abundant joy for all eternity. 


That’s something men like Pharaoh will never 



Challenge for Today: Resist the allure of self-will so you are free to follow the Lord’s path of blessing.


Quicklook: Exodus 5:1–9