Did you know that if you place a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you place a frog in a pot of water at room temperature and slowly turn up the heat, you will eventually cook it to death. Sin does the same thing to us: one temptation at a time.
Take King David as an example in 2 Samuel 11, where we see just how easily one sin can lead to another and hinder our walk with the Lord. Verse 1: “Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.” Let’s stop there. What has David done wrong? Although it may be very minor, this is David’s first mistake of many. He didn’t go to battle as he should have, he thought it would be nice to stay home, he was not where he should have been. Looking back at verse 2 “Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house.” Mistake #2, he lay around all day, his laziness got the best of him. Continuing, “and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman.” Mistake # 3, he let his curiosity get the best of Him. At this point, I can’t speak for David, but I highly doubt that he ever even envisioned kissing Bathsheba much less sleeping with her and getting her pregnant. Going on to verse 3 “So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, ‘Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ And David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, ‘I am pregnant.’” Wow…one temptation after another, it started so small and continued to grow to be so significant. Had he just gone to war like he was supposed to, none of this would ever have occurred. It’s like dominoes falling down. One can knock over two, which can knock over four and on down the line.
In this passage he demonstrates the frog metaphor perfectly. I’m making a few assumptions here, but if David would have known what was going to happen to him with Bathsheba, I would venture to guess he never would have stayed home from war – like a frog jumping from a boiling pot of water. But remember if you place a frog in a pan of water at room temperature and continuously turn up the heat it will eventually be cooked to death. We see the same with David’s situation. One compromise after another, oh I’ll just stay home from the war this one time…as the water gets a little warmer. Oh I’ll lie in bed just a few more hours and the heat becomes a little more intense. Oh I’ll just find out who she is, there is no harm in that, and the burner is getting redder by the minute. But it doesn’t stop there. You know the rest of the story, Bathsheba gets pregnant, David calls her husband home from war and attempts to convince him to have relations with her. When he refuses, David has him killed and marries Bathsheba for himself. In an attempt to make the situation right he sins further. One compromise after another, the heat rose until David was in over his head and could see no way out.
Are you ready to fight before you find yourself with no way out? Temptation will eat you alive. Don’t let it overtake you. Stand up and fight the sin that so easily entangles you. Living a for Christ isn’t for sissies.