Snakes And Scorpions
Snakes and scorpions—these two Texas critters I don’t like. Another one is not a critter, but a plant and poison ivy has taken over underneath our big cedar trees. Yesterday, I was out spraying, trying to tame the poison.
Walking through the tall grass near our trees and reaching down from time to time to throw stones out of our pasture, I was constantly on the alert. Even with my thick leather boots, I don’t want the strike of a snake or the sting of a scorpion. Israel, like Texas, has these same critters (not sure about the poison ivy), and Jesus agrees with me that they are not good things. Listen and see how He uses them as examples of two things good dads don’t ever give their kids.
“Which of you fathers when your son asks for a fish, gives him a snake? Or if he asks for an egg, gives him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Remember that big ask I mentioned in yesterday’s devo? Here Jesus tells us what it is. It’s having the Holy Spirit come to live inside of us—that’s God’s most extravagant gift. Acts 2 tells us the story of Pentecost when our Father poured out the Holy Spirit upon believers. 1 Corinthians 12:13 assures us that we have all been baptized in the Spirit; therefore, we have received this great gift from our Father. But what about the “snakes and scorpions”? Sometimes we get stung badly.
This week Mary and I found out that two of our friends have serious cancers. I thought Jesus said the Father gives good gifts to His children! We and our friends can know that the cancer is not from God and that because of the gift of the Spirit’s presence in their lives, the sting of cancer will not finish their story. Our Father is saving the best for last.
LORD, just received a text saying that one of our friends made it through surgery to remove the tumors and the initial scans are better than expected. Pour healing grace and power into both of these dear friends and their families.
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