Is There a Baby Rattlesnake at Your Door?

Posted by Mike Bergen on

But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.  – Genesis 4:6-7 NIV

When I was visiting an uncle, one of my cousins came running into the room saying, “There’s a snake behind my door!” Because I always enjoy animals, I went with her to investigate. As I looked around, I saw a tiny snake about the size of a new pencil, along the base of a wall. I thought, “I’ll just pick it up and take it outside.” I had handled snakes many times before. But as I leaned closer, it reared back its head, hissed, shook the end of its tail and lunged at me! After looking at it more closely, I could see it had the same coloring as a rattlesnake, but it had no rattles on the end of its tiny tail.

I then found two long sticks with a fork at the end of one of them. With these I picked up the snake, took it outside and deposited it far from the house. When I got home, my son told me about an article he had just read that said the venom of baby rattlesnakes is often more potent than adults.

This snake is similar to many kinds of sin you’ll find at the entrance of your life. In fact, many times they come to the entrance of your mind. When you first see them (often in the form of a thought), your tendency can be similar to mine. You think you can handle it easily enough. But if it’s not a thought that pleases our Lord Jesus, go for help immediately! It doesn’t matter how small and innocent it seems, just follow the instructions in 2 Corinthians 10:5: “we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Wrong thoughts, even small, brief ones, are full of deadly venom. Take your thoughts to Jesus and enjoy your life with Him!

Submitted by:
Mike Bergen
Cornerstone Community Church
Lenexa, Kansas

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17

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