Bible Reading– Exodus 8:1-15
Frog- a tailless amphibian with a short squat body, moist smooth skin, and very long hind legs for leaping.
What if we could only use what we were able to carry? What if our entire lives, everything we owned, rested on our backs? I know some of us would have a very hard time departing with belongings, while others would happily fling things out the window. We live in a world of extremes. And then, there would be the ones in the middle. Those that would take a long look at everything, become sentimental, brush off layers of dust, and debate all its uses, trying to decide the right course of action. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the beautiful things we acquire. Our exquisite taste comes from the Creator Himself; art, fine dining, lush furniture, magnificent homes, elegant automobiles. So if we can afford and not allow possessions to rule our lives, where’s the issue?
Idolizing! When we go into debt over something that is temporary, what are we doing? Trying to please a man by giving the appearance of success. But at what cost??? Time with God, time with our loved ones, time for ourselves? What have our possessions cost us? How long will we allow the stench of idolatry to permeate our lives?
Moses asked Pharaoh when he would like the frogs removed and to let the children of Israel go, Pharaoh said tomorrow… Exodus 8:9-10 Who would want to go another day holding on to something that could be removed immediately? Pharaoh was influenced by greed, pride, and perceived power. Who or what is influencing us to keep our “frogs” in our ice cream? What are the mental nooks and physical crannies of our lives we know should release to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and academically?
As we move closer to God lets set goals. Talk to God about what needs to be released to soften our hearts and make us more purposeful each day. Let’s fervently pray that we are always removing the mental nuisances or even the people to facilitate growth. Whatever or whoever is holding us back I pray we may all release it according to God’s divine plan.