Like an Addict, Pharaoh’s Heart Was Hardened

Exodus 7:13 – “And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken.”

Daily reflection on recovery, taken from the Bible, for the week of April 3rd.  (From the book “For I Will Be With You: Daily Reflections on Recovery from the Bible“)

Pharaoh acts like an alcoholic. No matter how bad things get, he doesn’t listen. Like an alcoholic who will not admit that he has a problem, even after the kind of unceasing series of disasters that only an alcoholic can experience, Pharaoh will not change his mind. His heart is hardened. Of course, God hardens Pharaoh’s heart too, but it was a pretty hard heart to begin with.

This verse can open our eyes to the ways that addiction destroys our lives through the power of denial. How many wrecked cars, arrests, divorces, arguments, job losses, and so on, will it take before our hearts become less hardened to the reality of our addiction? Like Pharaoh, we have all white knuckled our way through crisis after crisis, blaming others for our problems and refusing to acknowledge the truth – that we are the ones at fault. This verse tells us to wake up and soften our hearts, to hear the truth at long last.

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