27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,”he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”
29 Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”
Exodus 9:27-30 (New International Version)
After experiencing the devastation of the plague of hail, Pharaoh confessed to Moses that he and his people had sinned against the Lord and agreed to let Israel go free. I can imagine that Moses was skeptical about the king’s sincerity about letting God’s people go. Nevertheless, he agreed and told Pharaoh that he will pray to the Lord to end the hail and it will be done. As it turned out, Moses’s skepticism was justified, for as soon as the hail ceased, the king changed his mind again and refused to let Israel go.
Who is in Charge?
It is one thing to admit that you are wrong, however to admit that you are not the master of your own destiny is another matter. Pharaoh acknowledged that his refusal to let Israel go free was a sin. This recognition came after witnessing the great power of the Lord through the plagues that were brought upon the land. He declared God as righteous, not because He was set apart above other gods, but because of His great power over nature. Despite his recognition of the Lord’s power, Pharaoh still did not see Him as the one and only God.
Confession is the First Step
It is not enough to confess one’s sins before the Lord. Confession is only the first step to being made right before the Almighty. The next step that the confessor must do is turn away from his sin and recognize God as Lord over his life and have reverence of Him. Unfortunately, this was where Pharaoh, and indeed many others do not do.
Those who confess their sin, recognize that they are wrong, but because of their pride, they are unwilling to turn away from their sinful lifestyle and admit and allow the Lord to have charge over their lives. However, denial of the Almighty’s sovereignty will only cause more heartache for the sinner. As long as a person remains unrepentant in their sins, the more sorrow it will cause. For Pharaoh, the consequences of his pride was the loss of his first born.
The Lord is in Charge
All of us have made mistakes, and we are quick to recognize when we are wrong. In order to keep ourselves from making the same mistakes over and over, we must turn away from the things that would cause us to sin. This cannot be done by just will power alone. It requires a healthy recognition of the Lord’s authority over our lives. When we acknowledge that the Lord is Lord, then we would think twice before indulging into sin.