Exodus 8 to 10 What does God mean when he says Pharaoh’s heart became hard? A hardened heart is like a heart of stone. If we have a hardened heart we say we have to see, experience, and test God before believing. Yet even with that many an unbeliever says I can’t believe or need to see more and more. I can’t is really I won’t. Pharaoh is the ultimate picture because he sees the evidence, but it is not enough; he is stubborn. [Ex 8:19]
Pharaoh hardens his heart because God isn’t doing it his way. He wants God to take away the test, and even when God does, his heart becomes harder and harder or more and more stubborn. He adds more and more excuses as to why he cannot or will not believe. Up until his herds were impacted, the grace of God was evident but after that God stepped in to harden his heart. Pharaoh’s pride kept him from believing.
God’s grace is ready, but if you refuse, then this truth is before you: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and turn to me, and I would heal them.” [John 12:40]
Like Pharaoh, many will not believe because of the hardness or stubbornness of the heart. Nevertheless, God is ready to receive and forgive. Will you believe this?