Cold Blooded

3 Sep

Cold blooded…

We were sitting on a big rock enjoying the sun when Grandfather asked do you see It?

Behind that rock I replied

It was a snake, brown and black, and slittering in the sand.

What do you know about snakes? he asked.

I know to keep my distance.

Nothing more?

Not much, I haven’t seen that many in my young life.

Grandfather then said, What You should know is that snakes are cold-blooded.

Why is that important?

You’re warm-blooded and because of that you can run and keep runnig. But a snake, being cold-blooded, is limited in its ability to eendure, to keep going. Therefore, you can outlast it.

That is good to know I responded.

In the Scriptures, the serpent is a symbol of evil, Grandfather said.

Why is that?

Well, he said, not because snakes are evil in themselves but because they provide a representation of evil. They often move by twisting. And the nature of evil is to twist. A lie is the twisting of the truth. The impure is the twisting ofthe pure. And evil, itself, it the twisting of the good.

So them if snakes are cold-blooded, then so, in some way, is evil? I asked

Yes, replied Grandfather, Evil is cold-blooded. What that means is tbis; Though evil may have its day, its victories, its time to move and strike– it remains cold-blooded. Therefore, it can never endure. No matter how powerful the evil may aappear, no matter how triumphant and unstoppable it may seem, it cannot last. Deception is cold-blooded. Hatred is cold-blooded. Slander is cold-blooded. Oppression is cold-blooded. All evil is cold-blooded. And so the power of evil is only forthe short term and the momentary. Its days are always numbered. And in the long run, it always fails.

But the good is not cold-blooded, I said.

Correct, he said, So in the end goodwill always outlast and overcome evil. Therefore, persevere in the good, keep going in what is true, keep standing for what is right and you will overcome and prevail in the end. In the face of whatever evil, trouble, hatred or sin you’re dealing with, don’t give in. Don’t give up. But press on in the good.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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