Anyone Can Grow Tired of the "Hail"

Hail Storm

Exodus 9:13-35:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me… Behold, about this time tomorrow I will cause very heavy hail to fall, such as never has been in Egypt from the day it was founded until now…”’”

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, so that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, on man and beast and every plant of the field, in the land of Egypt.” Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth…

Then Pharaoh sent and called Moses and Aaron and said to them, “This time I have sinned; the LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. Plead with the LORD, for there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.” … So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the LORD, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth. But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people of Israel go.

Anyone and everyone can grow tired of the “hail” of life.

Belief that the “hail” might fall does not equal belief in God. Hope that the “hail” won’t fall does not equal hope in God. Fear of the “hail” does not equal fear of God. You don’t have to love God in order to dislike the “hail” of life. Anyone and everyone can grow tired of the “hail.”

It’s quite another thing to repent and submit to the One who can use the hail for our discipline and his glory.