• Ephesians 2:10
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​Everything That Looks Good Isn’t Good for You

September 1 2023

I enjoy watching animal kingdom. It’s astonishing watching the animals and their survival in their natural habitats. God made some interesting creatures. Recently, I saw something I believe is truly an anomaly. A huge python snake swallowed a beach blanket six feet long and four feet wide. The snake did not realize what looked good was not good for it. It consumed the blanket in the same manner it would a dead animal. The blanket could not be digested by the snake’s stomach and the snake found itself with huge digestive complications and began having convulsions.

Someone witnessed this event and notified animal control. When they arrived on scene the snake did not put up much resistance as it was probably looking for relief.

They transported the snake to their facility to perform the delicate extraction. As I watched the procedure, I found it amazing! It took a team of experts to perform this strategic withdrawal. The snake had to be completely uncoiled, his mouth extended open and then long forceps were used to start the extraction. They had to reach way down inside the snake and pull the blanket as others held the snake and tried to slide it back as the team up front pulled on the blanket. Little by little it started to emerge from deep within the walls of the snake’s stomach. It took at least 30 minutes before every inch of the blanket was recovered.

You could see how tightly wound the blanket had become after sitting in the snake’s stomach for hours. It was as if it had come out of a washing machine after being wrung in the rinse cycle. The snake almost lost its life trying to digest something that looked good but wasn’t good for it.

How many times do we pursue what looks good, but isn’t good for us? It could be a job, a relationship, a business opportunity or the purchase of material things. They all look good but may not be good for us. When Abraham and Lot separated, Lot chose the land that looked the best, but it was close to Sodom where evil lurked. He later found himself in Sodom and had to be rescued by an angel of the Lord. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit because it looked good, but it was not good for them. That day they died spiritually and from that day until now, we live in a fallen world. Everything that looks good isn’t good for you.

Here’s a wise tip. Before you decide to pursue what looks good, take the time to ask God what He thinks. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path. The one who is omniscient will guide you in the right direction and keep you in the center of His will. This will prevent you from experiencing unnecessary heartaches and memorable regrets. Remember all that glitters is not gold.

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