Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The "Snake"

I don't like snakes-never have and never will. Although some of my children owned them as pets I never encouraged that pursuit! There is nothing cuddly and sweet about a long, wiggling "rope" that disappears in an instant only to reappear in a less than obvious spot inciting fright from any sensible onlooker. I believe God's prupose in their creation was to illustrate the attributes of Satan. He is "spot on" with this comparison! (Snake lovers-please forgive me.)

Recently a friend and I were playing a lively game of mini-golf when on hole 9 what wiggled right in front of us but a little black snake.

He slithered on across the green, onto the white gravel and eventually making his way down in the ground through a little hole between some larger rocks. We briefly discussed our aversion to these creaturres and their resemblance to God's ultimate enemy-Satan. 
Satan quietly slithers into every corner of our lives with no apparent barrrier He can't cross, just like a wriggling snake. Jacob once owned a snake which got loose in his car and made it's way into and under the front dash. He couldn't get any mechanic to help him recover his "pet". Do you wonder why? I guess there are even grown men who dislike snakes!
Satan, like some beautifully colored snakes, can appear quite attractive, offering temptations hard to refuse and we all have our weak areas. Tempting me with foods which harm rather than build up my body and being pulled away (distracted) from devotional time with God, my Father, are only two of the many methods he utilizes to alter God's plans for me. 
Satan is powerful, like some of the big anaconda snakes in the southern continents. Yet the Bible reassures us that God is more powerul! Praise the Lord! Therefore even when we feel as though we are being "dragged down and crushed" by the power of Satan God's resurrection power is readily available for the saints (those who have a personal relationship with Jesus). Remember to Hope in God!
Love the scripture which admonishes us to "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Above all, taking...the  sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always." Epn. 6:10-11, 16-18
I am convinced that the more we pray and read God's word and obey the truth we find in it, the less we will experience the "venom" of Satan. God has the anti-venom serum: "NO temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Cor. 10:13