One more night with the frogs!
Scripture reading for January 20th: Exodus 7-9
When I was younger, we would hunt frogs each fall on a late October night that was lit by a full moon. It was an annual ritual that our neighborhood used to enjoy. The men would go out after dark with flashlights, spears, and burlap sacks and head for the farm ponds. The frogs would be gathering in clusters, getting ready to head down into the mud for the winter. They were easy picking! After harvest, the neighbors would gather to eat fried frog legs and pot-blessing, play cards and swap stories about the harvest. It was great food and a good time!
Moses had decreed a plague of frogs on the land of Egypt because Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go to worship God. The Egyptians worshiped frogs, and now frogs filled the land. They were in the fields, houses, marketplaces, Pharaoh’s palace, and even in the bedrooms! Pharaoh summoned Moses to ask for prayer to God to get rid of those frogs. Moses allowed Pharaoh to set the time when the frogs would be gone. Pharaoh’s answer was “tomorrow”. Did Pharaoh want one more night of frog hunting? Did he enjoy sleeping with the frogs? These are some silly questions to ponder about this story!
It amazes me that when God offers us freedom to ask Him for anything, (John 14:13) we often answer just like Pharaoh: “tomorrow”. Do we want one more night with our addiction? Do we want to be sick one more night? Do we want one more night to be angry and bitter? Tomorrow never really comes. When we procrastinate, we are saying that we love our sin or problem more than we love God. We want one more night with the frogs!
What day do you want the Lord to give you relief from ‘frogs’ of sickness, addiction, or bondage? Are you struggling with your willingness to give up and ask God right now? Will tomorrow ever come?
2nd Corinthians 6:2 “For He says, “in a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”