The following is an article I wrote for Grandin Media, reflecting on the ways in which an encounter with God can cause our hearts to soften or become harder.
Last week, a student asked me a question about a biblical story that I, too, have struggled to understand.
During the lead-up and eventual escape of the Israelites from Egypt, we read multiple times that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, with dire consequences including the death of many in the Egyptian army.
At first glance, this passage seems to imply that God acted to ensure the death of those Egyptian soldiers – and it’s led me to wonder how God, who is love, would deliberately set into motion events that would cost so many lives.
I’ve typically answered others’ questions on this passage (Why would God…?) by explaining that God allowed Pharaoh’s heart to become hard in much the same way as God often allows us the exercise of free will even when it brings great evil in our own lives, and in the lives of others.
It’s often felt like an incomplete answer.
The discussion I had last week led me to dig a little deeper on the subject…
(Click the link below to read the whole article…)