One of the most dumbfounding replies to a question in the entire Bible has got to be from Pharaoh in Exodus, chapter 8. Maybe you’re familiar with the story.
Moses had approached Pharaoh several times with the same message... ”Let my people go”. And each time, when Pharaoh said, “No”, a plague came upon the land, then Pharaoh would say (in essence), “Get rid of this plague and I’ll let you guys go”. But then once the plague was gone, Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he said (in essence), “On second thought…no, you can’t go.”
In Exodus 8 we see the plague of frogs… nasty. Frogs everywhere! In their beds! In their ovens! And Pharaoh’s magicians didn’t help… they just wanted to prove that they could do anything Moses could do... so they brought even more frogs! But I digress...
In verses 8 through 10 it says:
Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD."
Moses said to Pharaoh, "I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile."
"Tomorrow," Pharaoh said.
What?! Tomorrow?! Why not, “Tonight”? Why not, “Right now”? Why not, “Let’s hop in the time-travelling DeLorean and go back to before the frogs were ever here!” Hello McFly!
I wonder why someone who was given the option to be rid of something that plagued them at any time would say, “Give me one more night with the frogs.”
And then… I look at my own life… and the things that plague me. It’s not frogs in my bed… but it might be ice cream in the freezer... or complacency in my career... or bitterness in my heart.
I can’t even count how many times I’ve said, “Tomorrow I’m going to buckle down and start eating healthy and getting in shape.” Or, “After that conference I’m going to get serious about my career.” Or, “I know I should forgive that person but right now I don’t want to…maybe tomorrow.”Basically... “Give me one more night with the frogs.”
So what’s plaguing you? It may be something simple or perhaps more serious. Maybe it’s a relationship that you know the Lord isn’t pleased with. Maybe it’s an addiction. I don’t know… but I know God does. And He says, “You could be free right now. I love you and want to help you right now.”
So what’s it’s gonna be? Freedom right now or... ribbit.