Last nights news told of 100,000 boa constrictors loose in Florida. It reminded me of many years ago when we lived in the country and dealt with snakes almost on a daily basis.
Kristen was a pre-schooler and loved to play outside but I was too afraid to let her. One Sunday our pastor, Terry Jones, preached from Numbers 21. The Israelites were grumbling against God so He sent a plague of poisonous snakes. The people repented so God told Moses to erect a pole with a snake on it (symbolizing Jesus on the cross). In my pastors’ paraphrase, “Those who looked at the snakes got bit, those who looked to Jesus were safe (healed).” This was a LIFE word to me. I knew I couldn’t live in fear so the next day I researched snakes in Florida, learned there were only four dangerous ones and from then on, we walked in freedom.
I also think of Paul on the isle of Melita (Acts 8:28) who was bitten by a poisonous snake. He just shook it off! I imagine it was just a distraction to him. He had read Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” and he had work to do!
It’s not like I would welcome any snake to my home, and I will be cautious (“Walk circumspectly for the days are evil” Eph. 5:15), but it’s good to have a Word to stand on when we hear news like this. One hundred thousand! Where did these guys come from?!