“Pharaoh’s officials asked him, ‘How long must this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, so that they may worship Yahweh their God. Don’t you realize yet that Egypt is devastated?’” Exodus 10:7 (HCSB)

Is it possible Pharaoh could not see the bare vegetation or the heaps of decaying frogs across the land? Could he have somehow forgotten that he scratched at his boils? Had he ignored the flies and gnats that covered his food? Perhaps he lost his sense of smell and was unaffected by the stench of death heavy in the air?

Perhaps that is what his officials were wondering when they asked, “Do you not yet realize that Egypt is devastated?”

Moses had just made his request of Pharaoh, “Humble yourself… (and) let My people go…” (Ex.10:3) Pharaoh’s denial left his officials desperate enough to confront the king with the obvious.

I wonder if sin has ever blinded you to the devastation caused in your family or other relationships. Has sin ever become such a snare that it permeated your being so you could not worship? Have you ever refused to humble yourself and let go of your sin?

Thank you, Lord, for the grace and mercy You lavish on us. Give us wisdom to see our sin and turn to You.

Isn’t it time for you to let it go?

By Karen Aker