It was the second plague.
Because Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go, God caused the rivers to bring forth frogs. And they were everywhere – on the people, in their homes, on their beds, in their servants’ homes, in their ovens, and even in their food (dough).
But when Pharaoh had enough of this, he called for Moses and told him that if God would take the frogs away from him and his people, he would let the Israelites go. So, Moses did what he asked. He cried out to the Lord and prayed for Him to take the frogs away. Then, the Lord answered him and the frogs died.
But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not to them; as the Lord had said (Exodus 8:15).
Respite means a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. During this plague as well as the others, Pharaoh would repent and ask for forgiveness. He would acknowledge his sin and he even called himself wicked and the Lord righteous at one point (Exodus 9:27). He would promise the Lord that if he took away his problems (plagues), that he would obey Him and let His people go.
But he didn’t mean it. He was just saying it to get out of his situation. As soon as God moved on his behalf because of Moses’ prayer, he got comfortable again, forgot about what he just went through, returned to his way of living and refused to let the Israelites go.
I know we all want this pandemic to be over. We want the children to return to school. We want to go back to the gym. We want to go to the movies. We want things to go back to the way they were.
But, like Pharaoh, are we only pleading with God so that this virus can stop and we can return to our daily routine or do we mean what we say?
Are we going to God in prayer because we want Him or because we want something from Him?
Are we complaining and murmuring like the Israelites about this current situation or are we giving thanks in it?
Just something to think about.
And know that I am God
I will be exalted among the heathen
I will be exalted in the earth
(Psalm 46:10, KJV)
Just as the Israelites covered the door post of their houses with the blood of a lamb for protection against the plague of death, cover yourselves, your family, your homes, schools, churches and your country with the blood of Jesus (Lamb of God) and with prayer. (I have listed some prayers below).
When I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you (Exodus 12:13).
God will deliver me from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence (Psalm 91:3).
I will not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday (Psalm 91:5-6).
A thousand shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come nigh me (Psalm 91:7).
No evil will befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh my dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways (Psalm 91:10-11).
God, bless my food and water and take sickness from me (Exodus 23:25).
No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgment I shall condemn (Isaiah 54:17).
Lord, place a wall of fire, a flaming sword and a hedge of protection around me (Zechariah 2:5; Genesis 3:24; Job 1:10).
Above all things, I will prosper and be in health even as my soul prospers (3 John 2).
I will not die, but I will live to declare the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17).
I will not be ashamed when hard times come; when famine comes, I will have enough to eat (Psalm 37:19, NET)
The Lord shall cause my enemies that rise up against me to be smitten before my face: they shall come out against me one way, and flee before me seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7).
Jesus was wounded for my transgressions, he was bruised for my iniquities: the chastisement of my peace was upon him; and with his stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).
For God hath not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Contend with him that contend with me and save my children (Isaiah 49:25).
If any flu, cold, virus, germ, sickness or disease attaches itself to my body, it will immediately die in the name of the Jesus.
When God told Moses that He was sending him to bring His children out of Egypt, that was a prophetic word. That was a promise. But when Moses obeyed God and did what He told him to do, Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go.
At first, Moses was discouraged. It seemed like what God said wasn’t going to come to pass. But instead of being upset with the enemy who was opposing him, he was angry with God. Why did you send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people, neither have you delivered your people at all (Exodus 5:22-23).
That’s what the enemy wants us to do. He wants us to blame God for something he did. He wants us to think that what God told us to do isn’t working and that it will never work.
Had Moses not obeyed God and confronted Pharaoh and speak to him again and again, what God said would have never come to pass, but he kept speaking to that ‘mountain’ until God removed him.
I know some of you are getting a little weary, but this is not the time to quit and this is not the time to be silent.
Don’t stop speaking to whatever is trying to block you, stop you or hinder you. Continue to say what God said. If you don’t speak it, you will never see it. God has given you a mouth and wisdom (Luke 21:15). Use your mouth to create and use your heart to believe what you want to see.
You have been talking about it long enough. Now it’s time to speak to it.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says (Mark 11:23).
Here I was asking God why He hadn’t done certain things in my life.
God, don’t you care?
You said You would take care of me.
Then an opportunity that I missed years ago came around again.
And now I realize that God had answered my prayer years ago, but when the answer came, I didn’t recognize it because all I could see was fear and unbelief.
I’m not smart enough.
This is too good to be true.
I was like the church who was constantly praying for Peter to be released from prison, but when God released the answer – when the answer to their prayer knocked on the door, they didn’t open the door because they didn’t believe. Rhoda, a servant girl – a slave girl, recognized the answer. Not the church. And she just didn’t believe that it was Peter, but she knew his voice.
But thank God Peter knocked and knocked again until they opened the door.
And thank God that He caused the opportunity that I missed last time to knock again – until I opened the door.
For some of us, the answer has already been released and I pray that we all recognize it when it comes.
[Reference scripture: Acts 12:5-16]
The same Jesus that fed thousands, raised the dead, restored sight, healed the sick, cursed the fig tree, cast out demons, rebuked the wind and spoke to the waves is in you.
He is in you and you are in Him.
What He did is what you can do also – and even greater works because He, along with the Father and Holy Spirit, will do it through you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12).
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth (Ecclesiastes 3:1, AMP).
A right time to hold on and another to let go (Ecclesiastes 3:6b, AMP).
I think one of the hardest decisions to make in life is whether to hold on or to let go. Maybe it’s easy for you to let go of old clothes, but sometimes it’s not easy to let go of your adult children or a house or a relationship.
When I think back to some of the decisions I’ve made, there were times I held on when I should have let go. Then, there were times I let go when I should have held on.
Lord, teach us to know the difference.