This Month's Promise

“Submit yourself God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

- (James 4: 7)

Read: Genesis 3: 1-13


“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Gurling was a keeper of the reptiles in the Zoological Gardens. One day he had to part with his friend who was going to a distant land. To forget his sorrow, Gurling had a drink and went back to his post in an excited state. He had seen some months before snakecharming in an exhibition. And in that intoxicated state suddenly he thought of it and wanted to play with snakes. First he took a Morocco venom snake out of its cage and put it round his neck and twisted it around. But luckily it did not arouse itself and bite. Putting back the snake, the foolish man then took a cobra. The assistant keeper cried out, “For God’s sake put back the snake”, but the man replied, “I am inspired.” The deadly serpent was somewhat torpid with the cold of the previous night and therefore the drunken man placed it on his bosom until it revived and glided downward till its head appeared below the back of his waist coat. He took it by the body, about a foot from the head and then seized it lower down by the other hand, intending to hold it by the tail and swing it around his head. He held it for an instant opposite to his face and like a flash of lightning the snake struck him between the eyes. Blood streamed down his face and he called for help, but his companion fled in horror. When help arrived, Gurling was almost unconscious. They took him to the hospital. First his speech went, then his vision failed him and lastly his hearing. His pulse gradually sank and in an hour he was dead. There was only a little mark upon the bridge of his nose, but the poison spread all over the body and he died.

Dear friends, we have a moral in this story - never play with sin. And through this story we also learn clearly what it is to be bitten by a snake. The sting is painful and death is certain. It is the same with sin. The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) There was no remedy for Gurling on that day, but there is a sure remedy for everyone who sins. He need not die. Instead he has to do only one thing - to look at Jesus and trust Him to be his Savior. The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sins and gives us life eternal. How simple is the way of salvation!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, let me not dream of playing with sin. It may seem harmless but it stings severely and leads to eternal death and hell. Lord guard me from all temptations of the world. Let my eyes be focused only on you. You are my Savior and Lord. Amen.