(Today's post is by Keith Senator)
Everyone has heard about what a frog does if he sits in a pot of water. He just sits there. As the heat is slowly turned up, he sits. Eventually the water get's so hot, the frog is past the point of jumping out of the pot, he has been overtaken by his circumstances.
It is easy to just go along with the cultural norm. You may listen to the same music, follow the stars, wear the same clothes and speak the same language. This is an observation I noticed in today's reading plan (Judges 3:7-31).
On many occasions in the Bible, we may notice that God's people were heading down the wrong path, and what was God's response? He allowed them to feel the weight of their collective decisions.
But then there is one…always one.
In each case, a person rises up in the face of this cultural norm and stands for the only true God. Does this person sit quietly in their prayer room and respond to the culture in silence? This is not what we see in scripture. In every case, God uses this person in mighty way. They lead.
By way of application, I am forced to ask myself, is there a place of complacency in my life? Am I following the crowd? It may not be outright sin, but is there somewhere I am just coasting? I am captivated by stories in the Bible and always enjoy watching God work through people. It just dawned on me that these heroes were just like us, or at least they could be.
I desire to constantly and consistently be encouraged and affirmed in my walk with the Lord by friends, daily time with Him in prayer and through the Word. This is the only defense to being boiled alive. Ain't nobody got time for that.
Is there a place in my life where I have become complacent?
Is there a place where I'm following the crowd, even though it may not be what's best for me?