No Tag Backs


Do you remember playing “punch bug”?  Every time you see one of these you call out the color, ie “white bug”.  The first to do so punches the other player in the shoulder.  Ahhhh…good times.  Then, someone decided it was cool to add “no backsies” or “no tag backs”.  Basically, the way we played it meant that the car was unusable for a period of time.  For us, it was the rest of the day.  The point was this:

Once something has been called it is not to be called back.

As I am reading through scripture, I came across the moment Pharaoh was getting tired of the plagues on him and his country.  He called in Moses and made a grand declaration,

27 Then Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he confessed. “Thelord is the righteous one, and my people and I are wrong. 28 Please beg the lord to end this terrifying thunder and hail. We’ve had enough. I will let you go; you don’t need to stay any longer.”

If you don’t know the whole story, I suggest reading it.  Let me say this, he was caught and he knew it.  In that moment he wanted to say whatever was necessary to get out of his problem.

Punch bug, no backsies!

Often, our prayers are just 911 or “Get me out of this” statements.  We know what got us in that mess.  Now, we want to be out of it.  So we pray.  We beg God to help us.  Like Moses, God knows we don’t really mean it.  We are only saying it to remove the pain and pressure.  Once that is gone, we go right back to where we were before.  What we must realize is that God doesn’t honor backsies.  Pharaoh had to endure more costly moments because he did not truly believe.  We like Pharaoh let things get in the way:

  • His pride got in the way!
  • His politics got in the way!
  • His prejudice got in the way!

We do the same.  Start today my stopping “backsies” with God.  Make your confession.  Mark your repentance.  Mean it.

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