These chapters of Exodus contain accounts of the eighth and ninth plagues as well as the threat of the tenth and final plague of Egypt. Reading through the book up to this point, I have had one recurring thought: one plague would have been enough for me. Water starts turning into blood, and I’m doing whatever Moses says. But this is not what we see in Exodus, even when plague number ten is nearly at Pharaoh’s door.
10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land.Exodus 11:10, ESV
How often do we listen and obey when God speaks? It is unlikely that we are being commanded to set the Israelites free, but there could at any moment be a specific call for us. We see a huge difference of outcome between the obedience of Moses and the unwillingness of Pharaoh. When you experience God shaping your life, it is always best to trust and obey.