Today’s Scripture: And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:8-9

I turned around while vacuuming the church basement, to find my wife, Elizabeth, frantically waving at me with one hand while trying to keep our one-year-old toddler away from a chair with the other. Once the vacuum cleaner was shut off, Elizabeth hauled our child out of the room and explained that there was a snake under the back chair. I then understood why she didn’t want our daughter playing with that particular chair.

(Just to put everyone’s mind at ease, it was a harmless garden snake that was squatting on the premises. It was quickly evicted from the property.)

As silly as this situation was, it did highlight the fact that no parent would knowingly allow their child into the potentially life-threatening situation of playing with a poisonous snake. However, one day in the future, the Lord Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom upon the earth. When He does, the earth will be so full of the knowledge of God that the effects of sin will be muted – so muted that young children will be able to play with snakes without fear of poison and death.

The Millennial Reign of Christ will arrive in due time, after the Rapture, Tribulation and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. That future is certain. It is secure. Nothing that mankind does can or will change the coming kingdom – because that kingdom has been established by the authority of God’s Word.

Christian, take heart. Be encouraged. God is still in control. Jesus Christ is still Lord and King. The wickedness and sinfulness of this world cannot and will not stand against Him; the same God who is greater than the sin and wickedness, whose very Presence will one day drive the hurt and destruction from asps and vipers, is taking care of you from day to day. His power and grace are sufficient to see us through the hard times of life. Don’t fear the circumstances of life. Serve the One Who protects you and watch the blessings flow.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.