Exodus 7-12 tells of the plagues that God brought upon Egypt in His efforts to free the Children of Israel from their 400 years of slavery. Plague after plague would grip the land until Pharaoh would cry, “Uncle!” only to renege soon after. Chapter 8 tells us of a plague of frogs on the land. Frogs came up from the Nile River, filling the streets, the houses, the bedrooms, and the kitchens. Frogs everywhere you turn! Pharaoh had had enough of the frogs so he called for Moses. “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, ‘Entreat the Lord that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord.’ And Moses said to Pharaoh, ‘The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?’ Then he said, ‘Tomorrow.’” (Exodus 8:8-10).
What a strange answer! The countryside is swarming with frogs, both outside and inside. You cannot walk without stepping on a frog. There are frogs between the covers on the beds. Closets are filled with frogs. The pantry is filled with frogs. The bowl that a woman kneads her bread in is filled with frogs. And yet, when given the opportunity to be free of this infestation, Pharaoh’s response is, “Tomorrow.”
At first, when I read this verse, I scratch my head and wonder why Pharaoh chose another night with frogs. But upon further consideration of the matter I see that he is not unlike us. For we all face situations that should be dealt with today but for one reason or another we put it off until tomorrow and continue to live with the inconvenience of our reluctance for another day. Don’t think so? What about that forgiveness we need to offer one who has offended us, but just keep pushing it into the future instead of going to them today. What about that secret sin that God wants to free one from today, that keeps getting shoved into the corner to be dealt with tomorrow. Many are the ways that we tend to procrastinate and thus choose to spend another night with our frogs.