Are you ready for God to impact your life? He wants to do it today so don’t wait any longer, says Christine Caine.
I love the story of Exodus chapter eight, which says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country.”’”
I don’t know if you have ever thought God to be boring, but I do wonder what made God sit and think of sending frogs. I don’t like many animals, but I have a particular aversion to these kinds of animals, and there was a plague of them coming on the entire country.
It goes on, “The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron, “Stretch out your hand with your staff over the streams and canals and ponds, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.”’
“So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land. But the magicians did the same things by their secret arts; they also made frogs come up on the land of Egypt. 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 honour 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. Moses replied, ‘It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God. The frogs will leave you and your houses, your officials and your people; they will remain only in the Nile.’
“After Moses and Aaron left Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord about the frogs he had brought on Pharaoh. And the Lord did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.”
SLAVERY IS STILL REAL TODAY
At this time we are in the book of Exodus and the people of Israel had been in captivity for some 430 years.
I get the opportunity to rescue people from human trafficking as my job, and slavery is real… it still exists today.
The children of Israel had cried out to God, but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, so the Lord sent a series of plagues to soften his heart so he would let the children of Israel go free. There were ten plagues that were sent – really unusual things like locusts and boils – and it was just messy.
In this instance there were frogs literally everywhere in the land. When God did plagues, he really did them! Everything was covered.
When Pharaoh – or maybe his wife – had had enough he went to Moses and told him to let God know he would give them whatever they wanted in return for God getting rid of all these frogs.
God is able to get rid of the frogs, God is willing to get rid of the frogs, but Moses wants to know from Pharaoh when he would like him to pray for God to get rid of the frogs.
Then Pharaoh says one of the strangest things I have read in the Bible: “Tomorrow.” I don’t know if this is just me or whether you find this unusual too that Pharaoh says tomorrow? God was both willing and able to get rid of the frogs today, but Pharaoh said tomorrow.
I don’t want to spend my time pontificating over why Pharaoh wanted to spend one last night with his frogs, but I do want to ask you, what are the frogs that are in you, on you, surrounding you and plaguing you, right now?
TODAY IS THE DAY
There is a time for revival and the time is now! Today is your day of freedom – you don’t have to wait until tomorrow!
I am utterly convinced that more of us are walking around in bondage than we ever need to. We answer just like Pharaoh did in this passage… we say we will get around to it tomorrow.
“Yesterday you said tomorrow.” Thank you Nike! They rolled out this advertising campaign some years ago, basically telling the next generation you will never become a footballer if you don’t go training today. You are not going to be relationally functional if you don’t start working on it today. You’re not going to graduate with the degree you want unless you start working on it today.
Most people exist in today, live in yesterday and never step into the tomorrow that God has for them because they refuse to do something today; they refuse to do the thing God has called them to do now!
We have come here not to play games, but to say, “Today is the day of salvation; today is the day of deliverance; today is the day of healing; today is the day.”
I have been preaching and leading people for 28 years and I often wonder why it is some people step into the fullness of God and others don’t. We have access to the same teaching, the same Bible, the same Jesus that died for us all.
God doesn’t have favourites, that’s for sure. We have too many unbelieving believers.
We need more people living by faith, trusting that God will do what God said he would do. The issue is, we sit under the teaching of churches and we think that is a really good idea, and I will start tomorrow. Ten years on, nothing has changed because we keep saying ‘tomorrow’ and never make the decision to implement the truth today.
If you don’t deal with yesterday today you will never step into your promised tomorrow. You have a decision to make today. Don’t stay stuck in yesterday.
We also have the problem that as Christians we get so fixated with what God did yesterday, that we have no eye on what God wants to do tomorrow. God is still on the throne and he is wanting to do a new thing. Now is the time for it to spring forth, but the question is, do you perceive it?
Are you ready to do something about what God wants to do in and through you today?
From iBelieve Magazine issue 75.