Just One More Night

 

Exodus 8:9-10 "what time shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, that the frogs be destroyed from thee and thy houses, and remain in the river only? And he said, against to-morrow."
 

Let me fill you in on the scene! The most powerful  King of Egypt is standing in his Palace. Facing him is the meekest man on earth, Moses. Challenging Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, he had performed acts which Pharaoh's magicians had tried to copy. This time Moses had called for a plague of frogs to infest the land. The magicians duplicated that, making things worse.The frogs were in the King's bed, his bathroom, and everywhere else.   Now the place is overflowing with croaking, jumping frogs. The Egyptians dared not step on a frog or kill a frog, they were considered to be one of their gods. Pharaoh's magicians had produced them, but couldn't make them go away.

If Pharaoh had kissed 150 of them, not one would have turned into a Prince! He finally humbles himself enough to call Moses to come back and make the frogs go away. "Very well, when would you like the frogs to be gone?" Moses asked. Now you would think that Pharaoh would say, "Right Now!" but he did not. His reply was 'Tomorrow'.

How many times have you been in a bad situation, but your pride will not let you admit it was all your own fault? Have you found yourself overwhelmed with a habit you wish you could kick. Someone says to you, "I can help you right now" and you say, "Well let me think about it." What is there to think about? You are really saying, 'Tomorrow' when God is wanting to meet you 'Today'. Pharaoh could have stopped the plague immediately, but he was not ready to be rid of what he was beginning to hate.

My sister complained for years about her addiction to cigarettes, and one day I asked her point blank why she did not give up smoking. Her reply was, "I have given it up many times!" She was not serious about getting rid of her habit.
There was an old Irishman, Mr. Casey, who frequently came to my in-laws home, usually well in his cups with liquor. They asked him why he did not give it up. He admitted the misery, the headaches, the filth he often found himself in after a binge, but he said, "I just love my liquor, no matter what it does to me, perhaps next week I will give it up." That liquor took his life eventually, because he just kept saying 'Tomorrow'.

God can deliver you from addictions and habits if you are really serious about being set free. Extend your boundaries, go find a man or woman of God who will pray for your deliverance, then trust God to change your life.

Pray with me a serious prayer to Jesus: "Dear Lord, I have my own personal 'plague of frogs' that I need you to deliver me from. I place my life unreservedly in Your hands and ask for deliverance. Amen."

© J.Cole-Rous