While spending time out here in Texas, we rent an apartment. The apartment complex is nice and quiet, surrounded by ranch land and a golf course, so the snake population is plentiful. One of the maintenance guys and I chat quite a bit. He is like the “snake handler” around here, and just about anytime he sees one, he gets a picture of it….dead or alive…and shares the photo with me. If he doesn’t get a picture, he will still share the story of the rattler that jumped at him, the harmless snake (no such thing to me) that someone found in their garage, and so on. He tells me, “That’s why I always keep my head on a swivel and you should too.” So, yes I do. I take my morning walk, my head is on a swivel. I open the garage door, my head is on a swivel. I go out on the porch, my head is on a swivel.
All of this swiveling made me think that in our Christian walk, we need to always be on guard in the same manner. The Snake is always there ready to strike, waiting for the perfect moment. When we read God’s Word The Snake tries to convince us to change His Word, or skip the parts that make us feel bad. When we pray, The Snake tries to distract us with wandering thoughts. When things are going good, The Snake throws something into our path in an attempt to put a wedge between us and God. When we tell the Truth to others or do good works and people describe us as “haters,” The Snake tries to strike us with discouragement. In our relationships, The Snake can strike with selfishness and jealousy. Yes, he is always waiting in the tall grasses and weeds that surround us in this world. The Snake has been hard at work since The Beginning, and he will continue to strike until his defeat. These days the strikes seem to be coming more rapidly. He knows the “Snake Handler” is getting closer to returning and crushing him. Until that glorious day when Jesus returns, be alert my friends and keep your head on a swivel in everything you do.
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “This is your punishment: You are singled out from among all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth—to be cursed. You shall grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly. From now on you and the woman will be enemies, as will your offspring and hers. You will strike His heel, but He will crush your head.”–Genesis 3:14-15