It is an urban legend and not true. The premise is very simple and the analogy used often.
They say a frog can be placed in a pot of lukewarm water and as long as the water is slowly brought to a boil, he will not jump out and thereby, meet his demise.
I have no idea if it is true or not; neither would I ever test the legend. It has however, made for an analogy I have never forgotten.
The story brings the powerful illustration of how erosion, or compromise, can take place in our lives ever so slowly.
Our lives can begin to fall apart, also known as deteriorate, without us ever realizing it is occurring. We can be on the right path and take a detour which seems correct, yet leads us astray. We wouldn’t be the first to whom this occurred.
The Israelites, God’s very own people, His chosen people, made some costly choices (aka, compromises). It might be wise for us to learn from them and avoid a few pitfalls ourselves. Paul in writing of them states:
“Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:11-12, NASB)
What should we learn from their trek through the wilderness?
- God provided nourishment for them but they wanted more to eat.
- They had seen and experienced miracles, yet chased after other gods.
- God protected them from their enemies, leading them on safe paths, yet they grumbled against Him.
We must not let our experiences with God lead us into thinking we are privileged. Our lives must stay balanced, and we need to be careful not to lose our focus along the way.
- Do our wants align with God’s will?
- Are we thinking more highly of ourselves than we should?
- When we achieve success, influence, or wealth, are we using it to bless others and bring God honor and glory?
Our lives need to stay steady, and balanced, if we are going to keep ourselves from compromising God’s ways.
- Remember. “My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments” (Proverbs 3:1, NASB).
- Maintain a life of kindness and truth. “Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck” (Proverbs 3:3, NASB).
- Trust God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NASB).
- Be generous. “Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce” (Proverbs 3:9, NASB).
A good start does not mean a good finish.
Remember the frog and
run from the first sign of heat.
We can hear the Father’s voice in the midst of this chaotic world if we simply call out to Him. In her post, “How Can an Arctic Tern Chick Hear its Devoted Father’s Voice in a Flock”, Anita Ojeda shares her experience and thoughts from watching a tern chick. You can read this beautiful post in words and photos HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.