Then the Lord said to Moses, Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pihaheroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baalzephon, you shall encamp over against it, by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, 'They are entangled in the land; the wilderness has shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and he will pursue them and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host; and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.' And they did so. (Exod 14: 1-4)
The Lord's message in the Book of Revelation succinctly depicts the core of these passages: "I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end." From time immemorial, it is evident that God is in control of everything, the heavens and the earth and everything that is in it!
If God likes to harden the Pharaoh's heart, then it will be. If God likes for him to open up, then it will be. This is only to show that God can build up or nullify everything! It is only because God is so loving and merciful that He relents sometimes and all the time as He would like things to be.
It is God's Providence and Almighty Power inherent in His greatness and Majesty! Then, sometimes we may ask, "Why does God allow these things to happen?" That's it! Because God is God and we are not. We do not have control on what God likes. But we can pray to beg for God to help us. Then, when we are humble enough to accept our deficiencies, God hears our prayers.
There is no excuse in the world that we could not recognise His Almighty Power and Control. Even in tragedies or in period of despair, God is still in control. For God is with us, in sorrow and in joy, in war and in peace and in turmoil and in order.
I do understand the plight of a questioning mind; but how can we contend with the Almighty? Job tried but he was down his knees when God answered, in the story!
We can ask questions, not a problem. At the end of the day, we may say, "God, I surrender! I love you and I know that you are always there for me." If we can be sweet and loving to our family and friends, how much more to our loving Creator who nourishes and loves us all the days of our lives and even when we reach the heavenly abode. The time starts now, prepare for that meeting with God face to face! It needs planning, preparation and most of all to fulfill the criteria: Love God with all of your heart, with all of your mind and with all of your soul and love your neighbours, too. When we have done our best, God will take care of the rest. In the most Holy Name of Jesus. Amen