I am not a fan of snakes, but this one may change my mind! The rainbow snake is beautiful with its iridescent blue and black back and its yellow and red stripes! This non venomous snake is nocturnal and rarely seen. It was recently spotted for the first time in fifty years in a Florida National Forest! The sightings are so few because it so secretive, hiding underwater among vegetation. In fact, the rainbow snake is so elusive it was erroneously declared extinct!
Today’s verse refers to another serpent that was definitely full of venom. Eve was deceived by the cunning of this creature. And Paul is concerned for believers buying into some of the same lies. How sobering to think that without that belt of truth (Eph. 6:14) one can be led astray from devotion to Christ. Satan has the world deceived into thinking he is extinct. But if he is sighted, he is seen as colorful and inviting. His rainbow of color promises life but instead delivers death.
My love for Christ is sincere and pure at its best. But that does not mean that I am exempt from being lured away. The Deceiver is sneaky and uses what is attractive and beautiful to turn my eyes away from the Lord. What I need to do to protect myself is to like David, gaze on His beauty and continually seek Him (Psalm 27:4). The truth in His Word guards my thoughts, giving no opportunity for deception. That beautiful piece of fruit that the serpent offers is never as beautiful and satisfying as my love relationship with Christ!
Lord, keep me from being deceived.
Photo credit: Charles Baker https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Farancia_erytrogramma_(rainbow_snake).jpg