Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That : A Boiling Frog

(Today's post is by Keith Senator)

Judges 3:7-31

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?

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  • scott alexander

    The same theme continues to holds true to me. God doesn’t give up, he loves us enough to deliver us from ourselves and our sins.

  • Lem Hill

    I notice how God always finds a leader among the crowd. A lot of times we prefer to stick with the crowd because it’s easier and more convenient to blend. I’m challenged today to step away from the crowd.

  • Steven Gregory

    It is crazy to think about how man has time after time failed God yet he still loves us and reaches out to us. Not too long ago I read a piece on how when we do small things like denying yourself even when no one is looking is a form of worship. To me keeping this in mind helps me in small day to day decisions like bouncing your eyes or such. I know we can not earn his love but I think changing the way I think about worship vs sin is big. Okay, I’ve rambled enough

  • Brandon

    You all have provided some great insights into this passage! What I am struck by in this passage, and throughout the Old Testament, is the amount of God’s grace that is present. We think of the Gospels and Jesus most often when we think of grace. But here in this chapter, and throughout the rest of this book, we have the grace of God on full display. As Keith said, God always let Israel feel the weight of their decisions. He never left them there though. He sent people like Othniel and Ehud to save them. No matter how many times they turned their back, he always came and delivered them from the situation they created.

    Thankful to follow a God who will always deliver me…and us…no matter how many times we fail.

  • This part of the reading today was gross:

    The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied. (Judges 3:22 NLT)

    Ok.

    But here’s what YELLED to me from the reading:

    “Follow me,” he said, “for the Lord has given you victory over Moab your enemy.” So they followed him. And the Israelites took control.. (Judges 3:28 NLT)

    • Ehud told them to follow him..but not because of anything he had done..he clearly states the fact the GOD has given them the victory. He points to the real source of victory. And the people listen..win..and live for 80 years in peace.

      Gimme that victory today God! Because YOU are already victorious.

  • Jeff Morton

    Keith you’re a weird cat, and I love it! What a great analogy! A while back I had let life mound up on me, one bad experience at a time till I was buried, doing church, stressed, and struggling. My whole family was either doing church or wanted nothing to do with church. God, (absolutely not me) grabbed me by the ear showed me HIS word and plan….. HE is changing my entire family one at a time. And I’m just a bystander! I said all that to say this: Jesus said wash each other’s feet. We’re gonna get dirty along the way. We need each other not for conviction of sin but being reminded to abide, when we abide together HE convicts and live and generations are changed. (steps off soapbox exits stage left)

  • Brad Bacon

    Love the boiling frog analogy – really illustrates how we can slowly become engaged in cultural norms without realizing the impact on the most important relationship we have, our daily walk. Peer pressure doesn’t stop in high school, it is an ever-present factor at school and in the community. Let’s be like Ehud and slay the bloated cultural beasts that block us from the Truth and the Life!

    • Brad Bacon

      Whoops – meant to say peer-pressure is a real factor at WORK and in the community.

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