So the Lord did according to the word of Moses. And the frogs died out of the houses, out of the
courtyards, and out of the fields. They gathered them together in heaps, and the land stank.
Natural consequences are often the best form of discipline. A friend of mine had a little daughter
who insisted on eating her soap at bath time. Repeated warnings only heightened her delight at
nibbling on this odd delicacy. Finally, after being” assured that no permanent harm would come
to his daughter, Dad let her have her way. She blew bubbles for hours after her bath, but she
never ate soap again.
The Egyptians also experienced the consequence of their stubbornness. When Pharaoh refused to
let God’s people go, He sent a plague of frogs on the land. To make matters worse, Pharaoh’s
magicians worked their “magic” to give the people a double dose of frog legs. Even Pharaoh
finally had enough and asked for the frogs to be removed in return for the release of the
When Moses interceded for the Egyptians, however, God did not remove the frogs. Instead, He
caused them to die. That cured one problem and created another. In a matter of hours the land
was filled with stinking piles of frogs—the residue of the people’s willful sin.
Sin often leaves a residue in a Christian’s life too. Even though a sin might be forgiven, God may
well allow the consequences to continue. He does not do this to exact revenge, but to remind us
of the seriousness of sin. The natural consequences of our behavior are often God’s way of
discouraging us from repeating that behavior In the future.
When tempted to sin, do not be lulled by Satan’s assurance that you can be forgiven. That is true,
but remember Pharaoh’s frog residue. The sin may be forgiven and forgotten, but the
consequences may follow you into eternity.
IF YOU DON’T WANT THE FRUITS OF SIN, STAY OUT OF THE DEVIL’S GARDEN.