For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
(2 Corinthians 7:8-10)
In today’s passage we see Pharaoh presented with another opportunity so obey God. If he chooses to not let the Israelites go then he risks total decimation of all of Egypt’s crops. That would be the equivalent to all of our banks shutting down and the grocery stores burning down. Their crops were their lively hoods. It was how they survived. Pharaoh new that God had the power to send the locust which was proven by the previous plagues.
Why would Pharaoh risk what little bit he had left just to keep the Israelites as slaves? Pride. It is amazing what links man will go to in order to serve his prideful desires. Even in sorrow man can continue to serve his pride. Pride driven sorrow can also be known as worldly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is a selfishly driven sorrow that is sad about what their sin has caused them to lose and drives indignation toward things and others. Pharaoh was broken by the situation and the harm brought on by his actions. However, when the consequences ceased Pharaoh went back to his old ways.
The Godly sorrow that Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 leads to repentance. Godly sorrow leads to indignation toward your sin and is sad about sinning against God. Godly sorrow leads to salvation. If Pharaoh would have recognized God as the one true God and repented, he not only would have been restored and saved through his belief but he would have saved the nation of Egypt. Pride not only destroys us but it hurts everyone near to us.
When you examine your own heart and see your sin does it produce Godly sorrow or Worldly sorrow?
By: Chad Wiles