Broken Fangs

I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth. Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand, my roots spread out to the waters, with the dew all night on my branches, my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.’
Job 29:17–20
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Broken Fangs
Job was a defender of the weak. In his righteousness he sought out those who would take advantage of the poor and widowed and “broke the fangs” of such wicked men.  Because of his blessings he had received throughout his life Job assumed he would continue to live a long and blessed life helping and protecting others and receiving all of God richest blessings.  One can almost feel the defeat in Job’s words.  He appears to be ending his days in poverty and misery. The old evil serpent has struck a fatal blow and his fangs have spewed forth their deadly venom.  For many of us we have these same feelings. Feelings or remorse and failure, feelings of loneliness and abandonment.  At times it seems as if the devil is winning, and we are destine for a life of pain, suffering, and death.  It is precisely at these low points in our lives that we must remember God’s promise to Eve, and to us, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) No matter how bleak our situation may be, we know that the devil’s fangs have been broken.  His head is crushed. On a cross in Palestine Christ fulfilled God’s promise of Salvation made to our first parents all those years ago.  Yes, the devil will continue to strike and be dangerous, but his poison is countered with the blood of Christ. It is the cure for the soul.  And in Him we need never fear.  
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