WHAT'S UP REAL MEN!!!
Since I grew up in Tyrone, in the "country", I got to experience some things that some people never get to experience. One of those things being, Rattlesnake hunting with my Dad. By hunting I don’t mean “let’s find some snakes to shoot them”, I mean, “let’s find some snakes to find some snakes”. I realize how silly that sounds. But there are several places up on the mountain where the side of the hill is covered in rocks and you can find several Rattlesnakes just laying on those rocks sun bathing in the hot summer sun.
I had the (I'll use this term lightly) privilege, to go with my Dad on a couple occasions. The only privilege being, I was with my Dad. See, I'm not a person who is terrified of snakes but i learned at a young age, snakes are not your friends.
One time, when I was seven or eight years old, I was in our basement using the bathroom. On my way out the door my little feet were gliding across the carpet, and I had no care in the world. Until!!! I planted my right foot on top of something that just didn't feel like the carpet at all. It was round, cold and it moved!!! I jumped like Michael Jordan from the free throw line, high and far. Come to find out it was a gigantic baby racer snake. By big, I mean, probably a whole 4 inches long. But the moral of this story, people don't like snakes.
In fact it was the cunning serpent himself who brought evil into this world, through his deceit. We see all throughout scripture, serpents being used to symbolize evil. But I serve a God who crushes the head of every serpent and I know He calls us to do the same.
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
"Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel."
If we view the enemy and the sin that comes against us as a serpent, we must have strong, powerful legs to stomp out any evil that comes against us. No matter how hard it gets, or how much pain you're in the next day, as the joke goes, we cannot forget leg day.
A snake bite can kill you. At the very least it leaves behind a scar from a wound that's inflicted and infected. But if you crush the serpents head, it might bruise your heal. It might be frustrating, it might be agitating, it's tender and probably even hurts. But what do we know about bruises? They vanish. Unlike wounds that scar and leave a lasting effect, bruises disappear, leaving behind a victory to speak of not a wound from a battle lost.
So men, what enemies do you need to crush today?