Learning from Animals in Scripture – The Snake
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.””
Let us learn even from the terrible snake. His lie might seem obvious to you as you read it now. Of course, now you know that disobeying God will result in death…but in the moment…who knows? You might believe the snake instead of God.
So it is with your sin. How many lies do you hear from the world that try to convince you in the moment that sin is a good idea? How any lies do you tell yourself to convince yourself in the moment that sin is a good idea? Of course, whether you are a Christian or not, you will look back on your sin and see how obvious it was that it was a lie and, of course, it was a terrible idea for you to reject the way of the Lord. But in the moment…
Recommendation: Today, try to find one lie that you tell yourself to convince yourself that sinning is good.
Further recommendation: After you recognize that you are lying to yourself, do not commit that sin! Spend the time praising the Lord instead!