“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Snake in the Grass
(Please read Revelation 12:7-9)
Have you ever almost stepped on a snake as you walked unsuspectingly through some tall grass? It’s a startling experience, to say the least. Even if the snake is small and quickly disappears, one can be left with a sense of having had a narrow escape.
Our brushes with Satan can happen as suddenly as the surprising sight of a snake in the grass. Satan, “that old serpent,” is also characterized in the Bible as a roaring lion, but he may do more damage among Christians in his crafty mode, sneaking up so quietly that he often is not recognized or suspected until too late.
Like the common snakes that hide in tall grass, Satan must be delighted when we allow the gardens of our hearts to become unkempt or trashy, thus making it possible for him to attack unseen. He is, after all, the one who, in the form of a serpent, beguiled Eve into thinking wrong was right.
The best defense against such deceptive tactics is to keep one’s spiritual landscape clean so the serpent will have no place to hide, and, in Paul’s words, “Be careful how you walk” (Ephesians 5:15, NASB). With God’s help we can do that. As an old song declares, “How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior!” Please pray for help to walk in those steps this very day.