Monday, April 4, 2011

Which kind of FROG are you?

In life, daily, we are faced with choices. This morning my Bible reading in Proverbs: 4 took me through the contrast between light and dark, good and evil, the wise and the wicked. We are told to depart from evil, to recognize it for what it is, and to not be drawn into it.

As Christians, how are we so often led away by the evil? Is it because we purpose to let our guard down? No, I do not believe so.

Did you know, that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out? However, if you put the frog in tepid water, and slowly turn the heat up, the frog will stay there and allow itself to perish under the heat. Why? Because it adjusts to the heat as it increases and it doesn't even realize that it's complacency is allowing it to be destroyed.

I think *this* is the biggest stumbling block for Christians. We do not purpose to allow wickedness to seep into our lives. However, we are so immersed in it that we slowly allow sins to creep back into our lives. Things that were once a shock to us and our sensibilities are now common-place. We become like that frog and sometimes are totally oblivious to the evil that has permeated and in return we reflect that evil and live it. Maybe it is in the way we dress. Maybe in the way we speak. Maybe it is in which TV shows we indulge. Whatever it is, if it is not good, it is bad. God does not say there is a way of the wicked and a way of the righteous and a way of the in between. As a matter of fact, we are told in Revelation 3:15-16 that God wants us to be either hot or cold for him, because if we are lukewarm he wants to spit us out of his mouth.

Proverbs 4:20-27 (King James Version)

20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

We are guided to purpose our steps. to keep our feet on the path and do not look away from it. You see, God expects us to PLAN out our days and our ways. He is telling us that failing to plan is planning to fail (no, this is not a scripture, but it is a good summary). We should be prepared to battle evil. We need to have his word DEEP in our hearts so that we can effectively "jump out" of any pots we stumble on, be they boiling or tepid. We are expected to not be the frog in the pot, but the other kind of F.R.O.G. The "Fully Rely On God" frog!

So, what kind of frog are you?

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