Have you ever come across a snake in your path? Right out in the open, slithering along? I almost drove over one today in the road. Even from my car, I was still a little disturbed. The snake, however, was not afraid. He was out in the bright sun, ready for whatever came his way.
A few weeks ago, the boys were halfway down the steps at my in-laws when they just barely missed stepping on a baby copperhead. Thankfully, they saw it at the last second and came barreling back up the stairs as fast as they could. Their hearts beating a million beats a minute.
This snake was not out in the open. This snake was hiding in the dark.
Snakes will always remind me of the Devil, and when I am reminded of the Devil, I am reminded of sin.
Sometimes our sin is out the open, like the snake in the road. We do things that are sinful and we believe it’s fine because society accepts these sins. We know they are wrong. It doesn’t matter that Jesus died for us. We do them anyway. We tell ourselves He won’t mind that much. They aren’t that bad. Everyone else is doing it.
Other times our sin is the snake that is hiding in the stairwell.
It’s subtle. It’s not out in the open. We may not even know it’s a sin. We are so used to doing it that we become blind to it’s corruptness. These sins can destroy you from within. You don’t even realize it until it’s too late.
The serpent in the Garden was subtle too.
We know how that story ended.
Whether your sin is slithering across the road or hiding in the stairwell, remember a serpent is still a serpent. One of the hardest parts of walking with Jesus is cleaning all of the snakes out of our lives. It can be a difficult task. There will always be snakes, both out in the open and waiting in the darkness.
Jesus can give you the strength to swerve or jump the next time a snake crosses your path. Jesus can even give you the strength to face that snake head on and win. Remember, as His child, we have the full armor of God to get us through anything.
So game on Serpent. I’m ready for you.
Ephesians 6:11-18 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.