Have you ever said you’re sorry to someone or to God only because you got caught or because it benefited you to do so? I know that I have. I am not a stranger to false repentance. False repentance is saying, “I’m sorry for ________,” when in reality you plan to do it again when you have a chance. I know that during my teen years and early 20’s God heard many false repentant prayers. I shutter to think of my false promises and repentance before God when the whole time he could hear my heart and secret intentions. I was reminded about this while reading about Moses and the account with Pharaoh and the 10 plagues. You can read about this in the Bible in Exodus 7-12.
God tells Moses he is to go into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to, “Let my people go.” Pharaoh seeing himself as a god said no and God turned all the water throughout the land into blood. Still unmoved God brought frogs and gnats upon the land and Pharaoh still had no change of heart. Then God sent flies and Pharaoh told Moses that he will obey God and let the people go if only the flies will go away. However, once the flies were gone Pharaoh reneged on his promise. This pattern continues with the livestock dying, boils, hail, locusts and darkness. Each time Pharaoh gives a fake repentance. He repents only so that things can go back to normal, yet he never intended to let the people go. God allows Pharaoh many chances to truly repent. It is only when the King of Egypt’s son dies that he allows the people to go.
God gave this man chance after chance to truly repent and turn from his sin and obey God. If he had then God would not have destroyed the land or taken his son. When was the last time you repented? Did you repent because you got caught? True repentance can only be found by understanding the Gospel. Once you understand that Jesus has died for your sins as a substitute and in return has given you righteousness and the Holy Spirit then and only then will you be able to truly repent. Friend please understand the high cost of your sin, it is never cheap. It cost God his son, Jesus Christ. In reading this, put your pride aside and speak to the Lord and ask him for forgiveness. Ask God to create in you a clean heart with new desires and thank him for removing your sin. Rejoice in the gospel of your salvation.
Pharaoh’s story does not end well. Let this be a warning to you friend. After Pharaoh’s son dies he lets the people go. However, we find that his repentance was not real and he went after the people and was killed by God in the Red Sea. Not only did Pharaoh’s sin cost him Egypt, his son, his throne, but also is very life. Find repentance before it costs you everything.
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