Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, "Plead with the LORD to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the LORD."
Pharaoh was a spiritual man in a land that practiced a lot of spirituality. In fact, he was worshiped as a living god. But all that spiritual interest was not enough to save Egypt. God was giving the land of Egypt an unprecedented revelation of His power and purposes. And Pharaoh was blinded and hardened by his own brand of spirituality.
Each one of the plagues was meant to show the falseness of their idolatry. They worshiped the Nile and it turned into a stream of blood and death. They had a frog god. And frogs overran the land. Pharaoh was himself a god, but was powerless to stop any of the plagues that Israel’s true God brought upon the nation.
It is popular today in our culture to applaud “spirituality” as a good thing. But that alone will not save a person, neither does it provide character or promote virtue. Satan is more “spiritual” than any human on earth, and he is dead set against God and His work! So there has to be something more. We must be brought to encounter God. We must come to grips with who we are and how great and holy He is. It is only after that kind of humble worship of Him that we are in place to truly know Him. It is not just about displays of His power. Pharaoh saw God’s power like no other human on earth and STILL hardened his heart against God. Even when He submitted to God’s desires, He still regretted it, and then died fighting against God’s work. Human beings can know joy in surrender to God, and avoid the defeat of fighting against Him.