Friday, 25 March 2016

Snakes And Ladders

Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

      When your life starts to feel like a game of snakes and ladders, it is time to find the word of the Lord for the season you are in; rather than leaving your choices to the roll of the dice. Oh no, you landed on a snake and downward you go. Gen. 3:1a Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. 
      It might seem like our lives may sometimes run this way, but don't believe it. God said we are the head and not the tail, we are above and not beneath. No saints, we are living under an open heaven with the angels ascending and descending on our behalf.
      There is a ladder rising into the presence of God through Jesus our Lord. We are seated in heavenly places and we do not have to fear stepping on a snake-oiled slippery slope to destruction when we are under the blessing of the Almighty. Eph. 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
      God is a faithful witness; He does not lie. Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? God's desire is to bless and promote us. He will not lead us on a snake-oiled path where we find ourselves falling away from His love. No! The Lord is constantly trying to get the blessing of the Lord to us because He is for us. 
      God would never have provided salvation for us through Jesus had He been against us. Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. The Lord God does not play a game of snakes and ladders with our heart and emotions. No sir. He is righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
      We read the story of Mordecai who had an enemy, Haman. It had become one of Haman's wishes to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews as well. In the book of Esther, chapter 2, Mordecai discovers a plot to assassinate the king and through Queen Esther reveals the plot to the king and saves him. One night the king cannot sleep; he asks for the book of records. Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 
      The king's servant reads the part where Mordecai had saved the king. The king wants to know if anything had been done for Mordecai. Esther 6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him. 
      The king decides to honor Mordecai and asks Haman what should be done for a man that the king wants to honor. Haman, thinking the honor is for himself, tells the king to go all out. Esther 6:8 Have them bring a royal garment that the king himself has worn and a horse the king himself has ridden, which has a royal diadem on its head. 9 Put the garment and the horse under the charge of one of the king’s most noble officials. Have them clothe the man the king wants to honor, parade him on the horse through the city square, and proclaim before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king wants to honor.’ ” 
      The king agrees to Haman's plan, then commands that Mordecai be honored and Haman be the official who leads the horse and procession. Esther 6:10 “Excellent!” the king said to Haman. “Quick! Take the robes and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Leave out nothing you have suggested!” Talk about a reversal of fortunes. 
      What the devil has meant for our harm, God can turn for our good. The enemy of our soul has laid out plans to cause us to fall and falter down a slippery slope of sin and destruction. We can and will overcome all the temptations of the enemy if we stay within and under the covering of our Lord. Psalm 91:1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
      You may have fallen down with one of the snakes on your path of life, but be assured there is a ladder right there in front of you named Jesus, the Lord. Grab His hand and climb into a heavenly life God has planned for you. It is never too late to step up and ask God to help you get up and win. Prov. 24:16a For a righteous man falls seven times, and rise up again. We do not have to play the game of snakes and ladder because our God has determined our salvation through Christ who paid for us in full. Thank you, Lord, for being so good to us.