Don’t Be That Guy (Exodus 8:9-10)

Exodus 8:9-10

9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” 10 And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.

In case you miss the ridiculous nature of man’s own sinfulness, realize that we, in our sinfulness, will allow ourselves to suffer longer than necessary out of sheer foolishness. Why do I say that? The Pharaoh has Moses standing before him. Moses asks Pharaoh, “Exactly when do you want the frogs gone?” The Pharaoh answers, “How about tomorrow?”

Think this through, if you are suffering some sort of plague, when do you want it gone? How about Today! How about right stinkin’ now!

I don’t know exactly what kind of devotional thought to make of this, but as many have not thought about this concept, I thought it worth sharing.

OK, I will make one (or two) devotional observation. Some people, perhaps even those who read this, are presently separated from God. Some people do not know Christ. How do they respond when you call them to receive Jesus? Sometimes these people actually say something like, “I’m just not ready yet.” What is that statement other than something like Pharaoh’s answer. It may well be a statement that says, “I know that what you are saying is right, but I will continue in my present state for just a little longer.”

Or, how about the Christian that knows that he or she needs to repent of a sin, but does not want to do it right now?

So, if that is you, let me offer this loving encouragement, “Don’t be that guy.”