“Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now, please, let us go three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. ’ But I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not even by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. ”
“Get with the program” was a popular expression a few years ago. It meant that a person needed to understand what was going on around him and adjust his lifestyle or plans accordingly.
To fail to get with the program can be harmful, if not disastrous, to the person who is out of step. Pharaoh was a good example. God outlined His plans for Israel to Moses in verse 18. But God knew that Pharaoh would not cooperate. He would refuse to adjust his plans to fit God’s program. Consequently, God said, “So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go.” It wasn’t until the tragic death of the firstborn of Egypt that Pharaoh was willing to get with the program.
As Christians, you and I need to be in step with God’s program. God has a plan for our lives, and only that plan will result in our greatest happiness. How can you discover His plan? By prayer, the counsel of godly friends and the guidance of His Word. Once we discover His plan we must then adjust our lifestyle accordingly. To reject God’s program will bring only heartache and disappointment.
Are you actively seeking to follow God’s program for your life? If so, that doesn’t mean you will never experience setbacks or sorrow, but it does mean that when all is said and done, your life will have eternal significance. That makes it worth the effort to get with the program.
GOD PROVIDES THE PROGRAM; YOU PROVIDE THE WILLINGNESS.