Whenever we are where we are not supposed to be, God will start with irritating, disturbing, nagging annoyances that un-settle us. We may not have blood, frogs, and gnats, but we have clothes that are too tight, exhaustion by 10:00 a.m., trouble breathing, trouble sleeping, indigestion, and nagging comments. As difficult as this is, like Pharaoh, we wait until tomorrow, or even Monday, to call upon God, hoping that these annoyances will just go away without any repentance on our part.
Up until now, these plagues had been just annoying. For some, the annoyances were painful enough that they packed their bags and left Egypt. But unfortunately for most, it would take more. And satan, who is symbolized by Pharaoh, does not want us to stop bowing down to him, and an even more basic goal of his is to ensure that we do not bow down to God. Satan was and still is jealous for the devotion of God’s children, but he is no match for God. A normal opponent would have let go in Round One, but God allowed satan’s heart to stay hardened, so that we could see more of God’s passion and power—more of His passion for a good fight, more of His passion for our hearts, and more of His passion to show how distinctively different He is. Before it is over, He will demonstrate that satan and the lure of the world (food, money, sex, etc.) don’t even belong in the ring. God has no contender.