There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Someone once put a frog in a pan of cold water and turned on a fire under it. The water slowly heated and the frog, who could easily have jumped out, sat still. The increase in temperature was so gradual that he didn’t notice it. By the time the water boiled, it was too late; the frog was dead. Had he been thrown into a pot of boiling water, he would have jumped out right away.
The principle that killed the frog is called erosion, and it has ruined the lives of many people. It’s the process of gradually adjusting to evil. We may gradually start to accept dangerous practices we rejected before. We may begin to accept abusive actions from others that we didn’t tolerate before or give in to addictive tendencies. We may also slowly change our standard to be more self-centered, or else we may become more masochistic. If we become successful, we may gradually begin thinking we are the exception to rules we used to follow.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, went from a humble man, full of wisdom, to a compromising fool in his later years. If the wisest man who ever lived died a fool, we certainly should take note and learn.
Thought: I will stay out of hot water today, even if it only feels lukewarm.