Weekly Devotion – Exodus 8:2-4

Published 8:57 am Sunday, July 30, 2023

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 8:2-4, “If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. 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.”

Frogs just freak some people out, I’m thinking about a couple of ladies in my life. For others, frogs are cute and sweet and fun to play with. But when you have the number of frogs Moses is talking about here, you will get sick of them pretty quick. It is important to note that Moses warns Pharaoh about the plagues that are coming. These are supernatural events, miracles. Not that the frog was a miracle, but that there are so many of them. And I’m sure there have been times in the past when there were a lot of frogs, but nothing like this.

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Honestly, I don’t mind a frog now and then, and sometimes they even get into the house. But they are pretty easy to catch and let go outside. But when we have frogs in our bed, that is another story. And if they got into the oven and the places I was fixing my food, I am pretty sure I would not like that. Moses said the place would teem with frogs, that word means be full of or swarming with. Just imagine frogs everywhere; hopping and falling over themselves, on the chairs, the tables, the couch, the floor, in the bathroom, in the cabinets, and so forth. The frogs will be everywhere.

Have you ever had those times when it seemed like troubles abounded? When nothing seemed to be going right? Or maybe it wasn’t everything going wrong, it was just a couple of big things? Maybe God was using those things to teach you a lesson. Maybe God was trying to get your attention, to turn your focus back to him. Maybe God wanted you to worship him, to commit more to him. So often we try to make things happen ourselves, and what we really need to do is turn more to God. Remember this the next time you are overwhelmed with “frogs.”

Father, help me learn to look more to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.