Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. But if you refuse to let them go, behold, I will plague all your country with frogs. The Nile shall swarm with frogs that shall come up into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed and into the houses of your servants and your people, and into your ovens and your kneading bowls. The frogs shall come up on you and on your people and on all your servants.”’” And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the canals and over the pools, 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 of Egypt. But the magicians did the same by their secret arts and made frogs come up on the land of Egypt.
Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, “Plead with the Lord to take away the frogs from me and from my people, and I will let the people go to sacrifice to the Lord.” 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.” 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. The frogs shall go away from you and your houses and your servants and your people. They shall be left only in the Nile.” So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, and Moses cried to the Lord about the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh. And the Lord did according to the word of Moses. The frogs died out in the houses, the courtyards, and the fields. And they gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank. But when Pharaoh saw that there was a respite, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. Exodus 8:1-15 ESV
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.
Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and set it before me,
since I appointed an ancient people.
Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen.
Fear not, nor be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
And you are my witnesses!
Is there a God besides me?
There is no Rock; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:6-8 ESV
The ancient Egyptians worshiped many different gods and goddesses. One goddess they worshiped was called Heqet. Heqet was a frog goddess. She was the goddess of life and fertility, and she was connected with the life that the Nile River gave to the land of Egypt. They depended on her for their crops, and women also believed she helped them have healthy babies. The Egyptians thought frogs were a very good thing. They would not have wanted to hurt a frog.
When God made the frogs get out of control in Egypt, one thing he was doing was showing that he was more powerful than their frog goddess. The Egyptians probably asked Heqet for help, but she wasn’t real. She couldn’t help them with their frog problem. Only the true God could do that. The frogs didn’t go away until God said they would go away.
Sometimes we turn for help to things other than God. Probably we don’t pray to other gods or goddesses, but we might trust in our good health, or our money, or our brains to get us through our problems. But all of these things can fail us. The only one we can trust for sure is God. When we were in trouble because of our sin, he did for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves. He came to us in Jesus and died to pay for our sins. Because we have Jesus, we know we can trust God to help us with all our other problems as well.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for helping us with all of our trouble. Help us to trust you always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.