DayBreaks for 3/28/17: Watch Out for the Snake
CHINA – “When arriving at the bottom of a tequila bottle after a long night with the guys, someone is always dared to take down the worm. However, very rarely, if ever, does the worm fight back. In China, alcoholic drinks such as rice wine contain preserved snakes or other creatures in place of the ever-popular worm. As a man named Li cracked open a bottle during his lunch break, the pickled snake lunged out of the bottle and bit him in the neck. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was not believed to be in any danger. According to the Xin Bao newspaper, the bottle’s stopper was made from wood or cork and allowed air in the vessel, helping the snake to survive in the bottle for a year.”
You know, I find that there are things in my life that I thought were dead and gone, but then they come back to bite me. It seems to be at a time when I’ve been thinking, “Whew…I’m glad I’ve got that licked!” that they often raise their ugly head once again. Such is the my constant need for reminders that I’m not so good or strong as I’d like to think. You’d think that at some point I’d learn how weak I really am.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s that I’m that weak or that evil is that powerful. And when I reflect on it that way, I think that both are true. I am far weaker in the flesh than I’d like to be, or than I want to admit to being. But Satan is not a novice at this game – he’s been around the block more than once since the days of Adam and Eve. And it’s not just me – everyone has fallen to his schemes. It’s no excuse, though, for stronger than Satan is Jesus, and God won’t let me get away with excuses.
It only took a small fracture in the cork to allow enough air into the bottle to keep the snake alive. Sadly, sometimes in our lives we don’t just leave a little crack for Satan to slither through, we leave the door wide open and hang out the “Welcome – come on in!” sign. Would that we shut the door entire to Satan and opened the door wide for Jesus!
Beware – the snake will be on the prowl until his head is crushed one final time.
PRAYER: Help us to learn from our mistakes, to love You more, and to be alert to our enemy. May we open the door of our hearts fully to Your Spirit! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.