Some thoughts from Exodus 8:28-32 (ESV)
The hard-heartedness of Pharaoh refused to honor His own agreements despite the Lord’s follow through in keeping His side of the agreement.
Pharaoh calls for prayer, saying plead for me as he verbally gives in to the Lord’s demand to, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” So Moses asked God to remove the swarms of flies and He complies. But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and did not let the people go.
Amazing, isn’t it? In crisis, the proud may plead for help. But once it is averted, the pride reasserts itself. Such are the orchestrations of manipulators. They choose to do what is necessary to get what they want, all the while never intending to allow anyone – even the Master of the Universe – to dictate the ultimate terms of their lives.
What’s your experience been concerning manipulators?