After discussing Paul’s shipwreck and snakebite here are some snatches of comments that Chris says:
I’ve never been in a natural shipwrecked, but I have felt like my world has crashed down around me many times. And while I’ve gathered sticks to recapture the fire I’ve lost, i’ve been bitten – not on my hand, but in my heart. I’ve seen many spiritual vipers in my tenure as a Christian. You probably have, too. In fact, we could probably show each other our twin– find scars that we carry as evidence of our survival after snakebites. I would rather face a natural rattlesnake at the Garden of the gods than the ones that have pierced my soul.
Snakebites are common to humanity. Jesus said “offenses come” ~ Matthew 18:7.
Snake bites can be fatal – and must be healed immediately.
Sometimes we get bitten on the heel – when removing and making progress in the Lord. Sometimes, like Paul, we get bitten on the hand. The hand in scripture is a picture of our authority, strength and power.
Just because we’ve been genuinely hurt doesn’t mean we have the right to hold on to a offense or bitterness – it’s poison in our veins, and as long as it flows to our bloodstream, it will prevent us from being healed.
Servants get bit a lot.
The heart of a service, with its accompanying grace and humility, acts as an antidote to the Venom of vipers.
Vipers are revealed when things get hot.
Sometimes we can simply recognize that we’ve been bitten and cast the offense into the fire, at other times we need help to get free.
Snakebites are not necessarily indicators that we’ve done something wrong.
God has promised us victory over snakebites.
~ Chris Jackson, Loving God When You Don’t Love The Church