Stay Away from the Frogs
12Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. —James 1:12-15
While reading in Exodus about the plagues in Egypt, I was shocked by one phrase from Pharaoh about the frogs. Interestingly, for an Egyptian, a frog was an idol that was worshiped as a god of fertility. So, to have frogs around was something that was seen as a good thing. Yet how quickly this idol they thought was good grew out of control. Sin isn’t much different than these frogs.
James 1:14 says that sin “lures” and “entices” us into believing it provides life, gives pleasure, or fills needs. And then like any good fisherman will tell you, that lure is attractive until you bite down on it—James 1:15 says, “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
So what do you do when you look around and see your life filled with frogs? Pharaoh went to Moses and said, “I’ll do whatever you want. I want these frogs outta here!” (Exodus 8:8). Moses then asked him, “Just tell me when you want them gone” (Exodus 8:9). Here is where the amazing statement from Pharaoh comes: “And he said, ‘Tomorrow’” (Exodus 8:10).
Are you serious? Frogs in his food, frogs in his bed, frogs in his clothes, frogs everywhere! But when given the opportunity to get rid of millions of nasty, stinky frogs at any moment, Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow.”
Sounds crazy, until we look at our own lives and our own “frogs.” God says, "Do you want them gone?" And we answer, “Just give me own more fling. One more night. A bit longer in my sin. I’m going to make things right . . . tomorrow.” Of course the lure doesn’t just hold for just one night. Like James 1:14-15 says, the frogs we are okay with for “one more night” will lead to more “nights” and eventually you will be fully hooked on the lure, trapped in sin and surrounded by brokenness.
God was waiting to take the frogs out of Egypt as soon as Pharaoh repented. Jesus was sent by God the Father to deal with the frog situation in our lives today. The Lord is standing by ready and willing to help us deal with the sin whenever we are willing to ask Him to intervene.
God is asking us this same question: “When do you want Me to take care of your frogs?”
Don’t spend one more night with the frogs.—Kaj Ballantyne
· What sins in my life are like the “frogs” to Pharaoh?
· Why am I willing to “spend one more night” with them?
Prayer – Almighty Father, it amazes me how Your Word sheds light on my deepest sin issues. It is true I have many sins that I would rather deal with tomorrow. I know that is wrong, Lord, and many of my sins don’t just harm me, but harm those I love as well and make me a hypocrite to unbelievers watching how I live. Help me have the courage, strength, and desire to deal with each of the “frogs” one at a time. In Jesus’ name, Amen.