“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:30
Spiders make webs to trap their prey. Often we see those webs in the corners of rarely used places. The poor insect who works her way into the web will be enjoyed by the spider later on.
As the sun began to set on an autumn day, I noticed webs glistening in the grass, dozens of them. I’ve seen spiders in the grass before, but I never knew how many traps were spread out, waiting for an unsuspecting bug. The only way for me to recognize these webs was the light shining on them.
What traps are out there for us? Perhaps it is the trap of doubt and fear that waits for us: “Is this really what God has planned for me? I cannot handle this.” When that one creeps in, I remember the words of Christ to pleading Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you.” II Corinthians 12:9 brings me hope and comfort. Even the heroes of the faith struggled; we have those words in scripture.
Perhaps it’s the question of God’s grace: “Was my sin beyond God’s ability to forgive? I’m beyond rescue!” I John 1:8-9 reminds me of the work of Jesus that is enough. “8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The traps are there, but our God is greater!
There are any number of traps set up for our destruction. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7 ESV)
We live in the light. We have what we need. “4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (II Corinthians 10:4-5)
The light of God’s Word will keep us from the traps that are laid out for our destruction. Praise the Lord!
“For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.” Psalm 51:13ESV
Dear Father, thank you for Your Word. Thank you that although I am blind to many traps laid out for me, You know. Thank you for the provision of Your Word and that it imparts understanding to the simple. In Jesus Name, Amen.
How do you prepare yourself and your family for dealing with the traps of life?
When in your life have you seen God’s protection?