Read: Exodus 7:1 – 8:19
If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’” Exodus 8:2-4
I have the cutest picture of my son. He was 3 years old and had found a gargantuan, green frog that he proudly displayed in his little fist for the camera. Kids think frogs are coolest thing ever. No big news there. But did you know the ancient Egyptians also thought frogs were super cool? It’s true. Frogs actually held a sacred place in the heart of Egyptians. They were revered and honored in Egyptian culture.
It’s interesting how God incorporated frogs into His grand design to free the Israelites from slavery. With each of the plagues, God takes a “god” of the Egyptians and shows Himself to be the one in control: the God above all “gods”. So, overnight the frogs went from revered and honored, sacred objects to gross, out-of-control, if I see another frog I may hurl, plague.
Sounds a little bit like sin, doesn’t it? Most of us (myself, included) have idolatry issues. The Egyptians had frogs, we have kids, careers, cars, pop stars, money – you name it, we idolize it. But have you ever noticed that the more we get of what we idolize, the more it becomes a burden. For instance – kids. When we have kids, we never intend to place them before God or our spouse, but it happens, nonetheless, and the consequences are kids who are out of control and self-centered, and a marriage that’s on a downward spiral. What was meant to be a blessing becomes a burden.
When we allow something to compete with God for our attention and affection it quickly loses its luster. We were meant to live in a right relationship with God but when a little “god” gets bigger and bigger and bigger, soon we find it doesn’t have the same appeal and life just doesn’t “feel” right. As Christians, we have the benefit of the nudging of the Holy Spirit who will not let us rest until our priorities are where they should be. He gives us a burr under the saddle, so to speak, and we’re able to put things right before it’s too late: before our frog becomes a plague.
How about you – is there something in your life that you’ve allowed to rise above your affection for God? Could the Holy Spirit be nudging you – telling you something is out of place? Is there a burr under your saddle? Frogs under your bed? If so, make some time for repentance and realignment, and you’ll be well on your way to avoiding the plague.
Almighty God, I know you are the One true God – there is no other. Father, where I’ve put other people or things before you, please forgive me. You are in control, Lord. I don’t want it any other way, so please keep sending the Holy Spirit to put a burr under my saddle and keep me on the right path. Thank you for your unconditional love – I love you! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.