The Belt of Truth
By Christy Lowman
Have you ever seen a King snake? They grow up to 6 ft. long and can be found all over the U.S. Some are solid black with white throats. Others are black with white or yellow spots. Some are black with white sections or chains. The most unusual is the Scarlet King snake which is red with yellow and black bands. Don’t confuse it with the venomous Coral snake that is black with red and yellow bands.
King snakes are not poisonous to people or large animals, but they still might bite you. In fact, most people like having these around because they will kill and eat poisonous snakes like copperheads, rattle snakes, and water moccasins. King snakes also eat rats, mice, birds, bird and turtle eggs, and lizards. They are active hunters seeking out their prey by its scent. These snakes kill their food by grabbing it with their mouth and constricting it. Constricting means that the snake squeezes the prey until it dies. Then they eat it. Depending on the size of its meal, it may eat only a few times per month.
King snakes are known to make good pets. As a pet; they can live up to 30 years. In the wild, their life span is unknown, and they hibernate in the winter. Have you ever held a pet snake? Their skin is super smooth and very soft! Of course, don’t pick up any snake off the ground, and always get permission from your parents before holding someone’s pet snake!
This snake is called “king” because it kills all other snakes including other King snakes. It’s Greek name, genus lampropeltis means: shiny shields,” because of its well defined glossy scales. They also have many other names such as: Salt and Pepper snake, Thunder snake, Horse racer, Chain snake, Cow sucker, Wampum, Master snake, and Oak-leaf rattler.
When I think of comparing an animal with the belt of truth I automatically think of a snake. Did you know that they make belts out of snake leather? It is ironic to compare the snake to the belt of truth because if the snake/devil had been truthful in the Garden of Eden then Eve wouldn’t have committed the first sin. The serpent (snake) wouldn’t have lost its legs for his punishment for lying to Eve. Can you imagine what snakes would look like if they still had legs?
What can we learn from the serpent? When we don’t strap the belt of truth around our waist, and lie instead of telling the truth, there will be consequences. Everyone answers for every lie or wrong thing they do. If the snake had been truthful it would be walking with legs instead of slithering on its belly, and people wouldn’t be out to kill them when they see them. The devil whispers in all of our ears, trying to get us to lie, sin, and deceive others just like he did to the snake in the Garden of Eden. That is why it is so important that you wear your “belt of truth” each day. When you tell fibs, it breaks a person’s trust. Sometimes it takes a very long time for that person to trust you again. He also tells us to go out and tell people the truth about Jesus Christ, even if it upsets them. Lying to people makes telling others about Jesus very difficult if not impossible for them to believe you. So, always be truthful, it is what God wants you to do. If it wasn’t important it wouldn’t be the ninth commandment in the Ten Commandments. So, strap on the belt of truth, not only to keep your pants up, but to help remind you to always tell the truth no matter what. You can even imagine that your belt is made from snake leather if you want to! Every time you think about fibbing remember your belt and ask God to help you always tell the truth!
Our most kind, heavenly Father, I pray that you will help each child strive to always tell the truth even if they get in trouble by doing so. Help them realize how important it is to always be honest and to obey this commandment. Show them that all fibs, small and big are all lies in Your eyes. Remind them to put on their belt of truth and to remember that it is there when the devil tempts them to sin. In Jesus’s name I pray Amen.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, Ephesians 6:14
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”…Genesis 3:14-15 NASB