This past weekend I attended a conference featuring Christine Caine from Hillsong Church and the A21 Campaign. We talked about so many things, and I’m still marinating in most of them. But, I wanted to share one that has got me really thinking.
In Exodus 8, Moses is in the middle of asking Pharaoh to let the Hebrews be freed from slavery to go sacrifice and serve the Lord. Pharaoh had his heart hardened and would not grant Moses’ request. So, God brought about plagues to the land of Egypt. The second plague was frogs. Now to me, as a frog lover, this doesn’t sound so bad…until you read what Scripture says frogs were everywhere. They were in houses, ovens, beds, on people, swarming all over the country. Thousands upon thousands of frogs.
We don’t know how much time passed, but at some point Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron back and told them to plead to the Lord to get rid of the frogs. He had had enough. Moses replied by saying, ok, you want these frogs gone? My God can get rid of them because He brought them. You just tell me when you want them gone and I’ll tell God. You want them gone now? That can happen, my God is that powerful.
Now, look closely. Pharaoh said, ‘Tomorrow.’ Not right then. Not even that day. He was going to spend another night with thousands and thousands of frogs all over his house, bed, and person.
Christine Caine asked, ‘What would entreat this man to spend another night with these frogs in his life when he knew God could show up and get rid of the frogs that instant?’ She went on to say that we all have frogs in our lives- unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, lust, feeling invaluable, greed, etc- that we tell God we’ll deal with tomorrow.
God I know I’m angry at her, but she deserves it. I’ll ask for forgiveness once she repents.
I’m not ready to forgive him, it hurts too much right now.
One more pair of shoes and I’ll start tithing.
It’s easier for us to hang out to our frogs because we know our frogs, we’ve gotten used to them, and they are comfortable. Letting go and giving God control of those areas is risky, scary, and a huge unknown. But how can we live a fully surrendered life, one to which we have fully died, if we cling to our frogs? How can we have an intimate relationship with our Maker, if we do not even let him see our frogs or trust that He will deal well with them?
And, more importantly, how many tomorrow’s will there be? How many times will I put off dealing with my baggage and not allowing God to get rid of my frogs? How long will I choose my frog over Him because it is known and He is illogical?
I don’t want to wake up one day realizing I could have been more, done more, seen more, experienced more, loved more, sacrificed more, grown more, helped more, and obeyed more but chose not to because my frogs kept me back. I want to renew my mind, trust God enough to give Him my frogs, and move on to be who He has called me to be.
What are your frogs? How might they be holding you back?