Lately, I’ve been thinking about how fickle people can be sometimes. Things could be going great with a person and then there is a sudden shift in communication. They grow distant and sometimes their attitude and behavior towards you grows dark. You know that’s not their character, but soon they stop listening to you as if their heart has grown cold.
I was reading Exodus and I remembered how God told Moses that he would harden Pharaoh’s heart. “But I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 7:3 NLT).
After reading this I thought, “Hmmm what if God has hardened the heart of those who have dismissed you so that he could do something miraculous. I value people and relationships. I hold on tight even to the point of being disrespected at times. It’s not healthy, but God has a way of letting me know when its time to cut it off. As I read this scripture I sensed the Lord was saying that there are many hearts being hardened so that He can manifest miracles, signs, and wonders. At first, I was like, Why do you have to harden their hearts and I heard because I need them to believe and I need my will to be done. Now, I don’t know what that looks like, but seeing how Moses’s situation turned out with the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, I’d say God’s plan worked.
I say all this to encourage those who are seeing massive changes in their relationships, like myself. As much as we would love to dislike those people who are rude, disrespectful, inconsistent, stubborn, and inconsiderate, it’s important to remember that God has a way of using everything to work for our good. The process may not be ideal, but remember what the Lord said in Isaiah 55:8-9, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” With that being said be okay with people dismissing you and understand that in the end, God is doing something far greater than the eye can see. That separation could be what draws them to seek Christ or it could be the exit needed to direct you in a different direction. Whatever the case may be, walk away knowing that “every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose” (Romans 8:28 TPT). Know that as long as you keep your mind stayed on God He will ensure that you are protected and that all will be well!