One More Night With the Frogs

Exodus 8:1-15

Every plague that came upon Egypt was terrible and annoying.  The water turning into blood, flies, livestock dying, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and then death.  However, it is in the plague of frogs that we get a glimpse into human nature.  Frogs came out of the Nile River by the millions.  People went to bed at night with frogs slipping between the sheets to cuddle up against their feet.  The slimy things were on the counters, on and under the couch.  Green, brown and scary colored frogs dotted the landscape and served as wallpaper.  A person would wake in the morning with a frog staring them eyeball to eyeball.  They would open the oven and frogs would croak, start to kneed the bread and must pull a frog from the batter.  The sound of frogs at night must have been deafening.  It was such an uncomfortable situation that Pharaoh called for Moses.  He told him if the frogs would go away he would allow the people to travel to worship.

Here is where the story gets interesting.  Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me; when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?”  To this question the Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow.”  Tomorrow?  Why not today?  Why not within the hour?  Why would anyone want to live with the frogs one more night?  It may be possible the people had come to some peace with this plague and could wait another day.  Maybe Pharaoh thought it would take that long?  For whatever reason, the message was clear.  They were willing to live one more night with the frogs.  One more night of misery, cleaning over and over again, of chasing frogs from the beds, and hearing the incredible loudness from a multitude of croaking.

Isn’t it strange how people can come to terms with their plagues.  Christ came to destroy the work of the enemy.  There is victory in a faithful walk with the Lord.  People come to God and are offered freedom, deliverance from the bondage which has enslaved their spirit.  The deliverance can be immediate, there is life-transforming miracles that come from God to those who surrender to His Lordship.  Yet, over and over people say, “Let’s wait until tomorrow.”  Why would someone want to live one more night in bondage, with things which have brought their life down?  Why would anyone say tomorrow will be good when today is a possibility?  My dad was a hard-drinking, 3 ½ pack a day smoker when he found forgiveness and allowed Christ to have Lordship over his life.  His conversion was not improving the old Adam but it created a new man, the old order of business changed.  He was delivered from the plagues that had trapped his life in a wrong direction.  He lived the next 63 years exampling the delivering power of God.  You do not have to continue to live with frogs in your life.  God is still asking the question, “When do you want to get rid of your frogs?”  Why would anyone want to spend one more night with the plagues which are bringing life down?  However, it is a question that everyone must answer in their own heart.  God already decided to deliver, the choice is up to each person.

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