20/20 Meditation 3: A Snake in the Grass

A Snake in the Grass by Betsi Moise

“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”  Genesis 3:4-6

Have you ever wondered where the term “a snake in the grass” comes from?

tall grassIt refers to the way a snake moves through tall grass. As it slithers, the top of the grass flutters in an “s’ shaped pattern. By the time one sees the grass waiver, it’s too late; the snake is upon them.

It is that way with the enemy. We see the motion, not the motive.

Eve, and Adam who was with her, were distracted by the “motion”; the good food of the tree, the reassurance from Satan that they would not surely die and the fatal allure of desiring to be like God. All of us are tempted in this way. The enemy patiently weaves the same lies through us; we will not die and we can become like God.

The only way we can avoid the attack is to recognize the flutter in the grass for what it is before it is too late. It is deceptive, but the more we know the Truth of the motive, the better we can recognize the enemies attack. Jesus demonstrated this Truth in the desert where the enemy tempted him. He stayed riveted to Scripture and countered the enemy with Truth. May it be so for us.

Reflect on what where you stand today. Are you looking at the motion of the grass? Ask the Lord to help you recognize your temptations and counter it with the Truth.man-in-tall-grass_sm

Lord Jesus, thank you for showing me that I have Your Word to guide me through the fields of tall grass and draw closer to you.