According to the news, scientists came across an unusual sight in the Florida Everglades. A python that had swallowed an alligator was actually killed as the alligator struggled to escape the python's stomach. No doubt when the python ate the alligator, he thought he was fulfilling some kind of need in his life. He was not wise enough to understand the consequences. We human beings are even worse. We try to fulfill our need in destructive ways, even after we have seen evidence that it is destructive. In the end the sin we have embraced consumes us.

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.