Just the very word causes some people to shiver as they think of a slimy, sneaky reptile slithering their way into a dank lair. Well, OK – so they are not really slimy, but try telling that to the person that is running away screaming to high heaven.
If God’s people had the view of sin that some have of snakes, I believe there would be much less heartache and consequences of sinful living. The problem that I struggle with, and maybe you too, is that I don’t hate my sin as much as I tend to hate other people’s sin.
It’s also easier to spot their problems.
If you were to compare snakes with sin, you could find similarities on how snakes attack and consume prey with the way sin affects us. Some snakes’ No. 1 weapon is poison. Some poison destroys blood, while some poison paralyses victims. Sin does the same thing, by destroying us from the inside out.
Other snakes like to suffocate their food, squeezing the very life out of their prey. Sin will also bind us, and sinful circumstances will surround us and destroy us.
Most snake bits are a result of carelessness, people messing with snakes and becoming bit by them. Sin is the same way. We flirt with danger, then wonder why we are sin bit.
Stay close to God. Realize your dependence on Him, and flee from sin as you would a snake.
Lastly, pray that you don’t become prey.