Don’t Be The Frog in the Kettle
If you place a frog into a kettle of boiling water, the frog will jump out quickly to escape the danger. The frog knows that it’s boiling hot and he needs to get out of there. However, if you place a frog into a kettle with cool water and then just gradually turn up the heat, the frog will stay in the kettle and actually boil to death. As the world changes all around us, many Christians will not realize what is happening because it will just be another notch in the heat turned up. They won’t be aware of what’s going on around them (societal changes and persecution) and suddenly, the water is boiling hot and they meet the same fate as the frog.
Daniel 7:25 tells us, “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law.” The word used in this verse for “persecution” is an interesting one. It does not refer to violence or pointed attack. It literally means, “to wear out.” God’s people are attacked in a different, subtle way. The enemy is a deceiver—he does not attack the church directly or with violence. He wears it out. Like the frog it’s a slow, methodical, almost unnoticed erosion of all the church is and all it holds dear. The word is usually used to describe how clothing is worn from everyday use. It’s slight, one spot, one rip, and one well-worn area and then suddenly the clothing is no good, it’s worn out.
The gradual erosion of our faith in America is purposeful and intentional. If you don’t think that’s true, read this quote:
A report by two U.S.-based religious freedom groups says anti-Christian persecution is on the rise in America. A joint report by Texas-based Liberty Institute and Washington-based Family Research Council says groups like the American Civil Liberties Union aren’t the only culprits. The report says government agencies around the U.S. are trying to push Christian expression out the door. ‘It is dramatic,’ says Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford, of the recent hike in reported incidents of persecution. ‘I have been doing these types of cases for almost 25 years now. I have never seen the levels of attacks like these and how quickly they are now proliferating.’”
In Matthew 24:6–8 Jesus warns us about these perilous times. He tells us to “See that you are not troubled.” He’s letting us know that we don’t have to be like the frog. We have the ability to remain composed and victorious in perilous times through the power and instruction of the Holy Spirit. With His help and guidance, we can sense the water getting hotter—the culture around us changing. We can stand firm in power and wisdom led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus also makes it clear that the time to prepare for the storm ISN’T when the storm comes; it’s in advance. We need to know God and His ways deeper now, walk in His power now, increase our faith now, and understand the times…NOW!
Church, can we stand together in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit?
Can we be ready when deeper, harsher persecution comes?
Can we commit together to dig into His Word, His promises and let our faith grow so the boiling water around us isn’t a surprise and instead we’re leaping out of it into His arms?
I’m preparing. Are you?