Have you ever listened to a preaching on a particular scripture, one you’ve heard and read multiple times, to find out you completely missed one key word that completely changes your entire viewpoint of that scripture?! Well, that happened to me this morning. In fact, as I was listening to the preaching I thought to myself, where is this message going. How can you possibly preach about Exodus 8:9-10?! Well, I decided to wait it out as I knew the person giving the teaching always provides some brilliant take-away that impacts my life. No surprise, they did it again!
So, let’s open our bibles to Exodus 8, the plague of frogs. Yep, we are going to talk about frogs! Don’t leave, I promise this read is worth it! So frogs, of all the animals God could have selected to plague Pharaoh and his land, he picked frogs. Slimy green creatures all over the place. The scriptures say the frogs covered the land. Imagine the placement of these frogs for a moment, in your bed, in your toilet (talk about difficulty using the restroom!), in your bathtub, on your stove, in your sink, in your oven or kneading troughs. Frogs everywhere! I would have loved to sit in on the conversation he had with Jesus and the Holy Spirit when they decided to select frogs for a plague. Talk about a sense of humor!
Wanting to get rid of the frogs, Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs…..” (Exodus 8:8-9). Don’t miss this! “You set the time,” Moses said to Pharaoh. What was Pharaoh’s response? “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said (Exodus 8:10). Wait, what?! Think about this for a moment. Frogs are everywhere. Why on Earth would you spend one more night with those frogs?! “You set the time,” Moses said to Pharaoh, and he choose “tomorrow.” Doesn’t that sound just like us? Why not today?!
“I’ll do it tomorrow,” we say. I’ll start that workout plan tomorrow. I’ll eat healthier, tomorrow. I’ll start that home project, tomorrow. I want to do what the Pastor says but I’ll do it, tomorrow. We just read the ridiculousness of Pharaoh’s decision to sleep with frogs one more night when God would have rid him and his land of frogs that very instant. “Today,” Pharaoh could have said. So, I ask you, what are the frogs surrounding you today that you keep putting off till tomorrow? He’s waiting for you to set the appointed time. Don’t be like Pharaoh, start today!
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today!” (Psalm 118:24)