Another Night With the Frogs

In the Old Testament there is an interesting story recorded in the book of Exodus. In this particular point in the story, Moses has gone to Pharaoh once more to demand that God’s people be let go. The first evidence of God’s power has already been demonstrated. Now the second is “plaguing” the Egyptian people.


As Moses is speaking to Pharaoh, he says, “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?” (Exodus 8:9). At this point, the frogs have become more than just a nuisance. Exodus 8:6 tells us that the frogs have “covered the land of Egypt.” The frogs are in the food, drinking water, houses and streets making it impossible to eat or drink or even have some semblance of a normal existence. This truly had become a plague upon the Egyptian people.


Bearing all this in mind, Pharaoh responds to Moses one verse later (8:10): “…he said, ‘Tomorrow.’” TOMORROW!?!? Moses has the power from God to end the plague of frogs right then and there, in an instant, but the “great” Pharaoh chooses to live one more night with the frogs.


In principle, doesn’t this apply to Christians today? We see the sin in our lives, the “plagues” that separate us from God. In our great human wisdom, we ignore God’s invitation, further separating us from His saving power and decide to live yet another night with the frogs. God’s power to save you and bring you back to Him is available now, today, right this second. All you need to do is decide to change your life according to His will, and not when it is most convenient for you.


For those are waiting for “the right time” to clothe yourself with Christ in baptism, why wait (Acts 16:33)? For those of us who need to come back to God and make our lives recommitted to Him, why spend another night with the frogs?