Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said. (Exodus 8:19, NASB)
The wise also will hear and increase in learning, and the person of understanding will acquire skill and attain the sound counsel [so that he may be able to steer his course rightly]. (Proverbs 1:5, Amplified)
The slide continues in the heart of Pharaoh. In the court of the king there are advisers that counsel the king. The monarch through the ages makes the final decisions, but usually relies upon his trusted core group of wise people. The magicians of Egypt were some of the people whom Pharaoh would normally get counsel from. These magicians recognized that the plagues were from God and expressed this very fact to Pharaoh and their desire to rid Egypt of the problems caused by Moses and Aaron demands from the LORD who brought judgment for noncompliance. But Pharaoh once again does not heed what is being told to him and rejects their advice. The process of hardening Pharaoh’s heart continues. Pharaoh’s heart is now so hard that he does not even listen to the pleading of his court of advisers. Pharaoh is going down the road to destruction and stays on course. Pharaoh is on a steady course; a continue slide toward destruction. He is determined to go the direction in which he could only crash and burn – it is his choice (Matthew 7:13).
The person poor in spirit does not react like Pharaoh – prideful. When you are living a life submitted to the Holy Spirit you hear His counsel and you submit to Him. The poor in spirit continually seek the counsel of God because of the recognition of the incapability of self to right his own ship and navigate the waves that constantly rocks the boat of life. The poor in spirit also seek out and consider the counsel of godly individuals in his life. Many times the believer becomes lost and cannot see what is happening around them. It is alright to seek the advice of a trusted friend who knows you and your situation – it is a blessing to have these individuals in your life. Build a community of advisors – you will be glad that you did.
Prayerfully meditate and commit to apply the following passages of Scripture:
Job 12:13 Psalm 16:7
Psalm 33:11 Proverbs 8:14
Proverbs 11:14 Proverbs 12:15
Proverbs 15:22 Proverbs 19:20-21
Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 11:2