Moses going to the pharaoh is a well know story in the Bible (book of Exodus). God tells Moses to tell the pharaoh to let the Hebrews go, if he doesn’t a plague is unleashed. Pharaoh calls Moses, saying he will let his people go the next day, then his heart is hardened and he ends up not letting the Hebrews go. Repeat this several times and it takes the killing of Pharaoh’s first born to let the Hebrews go.
How often are we like this in our lives? How many times do we know God is putting struggles in our life because we won’t let go? Finally, we get the message and we say that we will let go starting tomorrow. Yet when tomorrow comes around, we have hardened our hearts where we like where we are at. Then we go through the process again, where we have struggles and we tell God again, we will change and let go of our sin. Then we continue to do what we do. We continue to do this over and over until it takes a major wake up call, as like it did with Pharaoh with the death of his son, to get us to finally do what God was speaking to us to do.
We all do this. We procrastinate changing because we know it’s going to require giving up something, like friends, money, time, etc. When we know it will be better in the long run, but we don’t want to give up what feels good right now. We mean well when we say, we’re going to change for the better, and at the moment we mean it. That’s the problem, we have to react to that moment when we know we need to change. If we don’t, we will never truly change without a major wake up call. We rationalize that it’s better to start on a new day, to start fresh. WRONG! That’s our mind and heart being flawed. We end up not making the change. If we know we need to change our diet at 7 pm at night, eat a healthy snack before bed. If we need to exercise, so get some exercise then. If we need to start reading our Bibles, start then. That puts an action to your thought, it’s the first hurdle of getting past procrastination and making a lasting change. We are creatures of habit, and we have to start changing our habit right away to encourage a new habit.
If you know a change has to be made for the positive, don’t be like Pharaoh, change now, don’t wait!