Snakes and Wisdom (a reblog from My Only Comfort by Ps Sam Powell)
I [Pastor Sam Powell] read an anecdote some years back. You can find it here.
Anyway, it goes something like this.
A man was drinking with his buddies at a local pub. On his way home, he and his buddies decided that they needed to find a snake to put in the aquarium at their pub. So they found one by the side of the road.
The snake that they found was one of the most deadly poisonous serpents in the world. The man picked it up with his left hand because he “was holding his beer with the other hand.” The snake bit him.
He put the snake into a bag and his buddies started to drive away. For reasons which are unclear, the man continued to put his hand into the bag. The snake bit him over and over – a total of nine times.
He ended up in the hospital; and according to all accounts, he is lucky to still be alive.
Moral of the story: Some people are like snakes. They only want you close so they can continue to hurt you. Wisdom would dictate that at a certain point, perhaps you should quit putting your hand in the bag.
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. (Pro 22:10 KJV)
Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned. (Tit 3:10-11 NKJ)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (Psa 1:1 KJV)
This post was recently published at Ps Powell’s blog, My Only Comfort, and it’s so good we wanted to reblog it here. Thank you, Ps Powell! Sam is the pastor of First Reformed Church, Yuba City, California.