It's a Trap!

12/20/2009

 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare Psalms 91:3

Bird caught in a fowler's snare

There are several reasons behind the fact that Indiana Jones never perished during one of his many perilous and exciting adventures despite the plethora of traps he encountered:

  • Indy was always on the lookout for traps
  • Indy was clever and resourceful in escaping traps once ensnared
  • Indy was able to draw upon his experience and exhaustive study
  • Death would have made profitable sequels problematic to produce
  • The script promised deliverance
  • He was Indiana Jones!

Traps are everywhere but only a very small percentage of us are Harrison Ford. So the rest of us must similarly prepare for the less dramatic but still perilous adventures that we will face. As we read Psalm 91 we find ourselves in the shadow of El Shaddai: The “God of the Mountain” or “God Almighty.” The second verse describes God as our “refuge and our fortress,” while the third verse assures us that we will be saved from the fowler’s snare.

Unfortunately, the closest most of will come to seeing a fowler in action today is watching a Tyson Foods truck drive past on its way to the nearest processing plant! But we would do well to consider the ways in which wild birds are caught and apply these lessons to our own lives. The Reverend C. H. Spurgeon delivered a powerful sermon on this topic in 1857, which I encourage you to read (http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0124.htm). Spurgeon notes that fowler’s traps are secretive, adaptable, connected with profit or pleasure and deceptive. And if the traps don’t work, he sends a hawk to track down the bird.

There is a fowler who is setting traps for you and he is very, very good at it. Satan knows that the best way to catch you is when you’re not looking. If you see the trap being set, he’ll adapt it. Spurgeon writes, “He would be an unwise fowler who should go to work with the same machinery to catch the lark that flies on high as the duck that swims along the stream.” He will entice you with all kinds of bait and use decoys.

King David, who knew a few things about getting caught in traps, writes in Psalm 25, “for only he will release my feet from the snare.” Yes, God is willing and ready to rescue you. But, if you do your homework, like Indiana Jones you might find that you can avoid the traps in the first place. “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.” (Psalm 25:4)

A soaring bird is very difficult to ensnare. Even a hawk prefers to swoop down upon its prey, which is why birds fly as high as they can when they are being pursued. God will “cover you with his feathers” (Psalm 91:4) but he will give you wings of your own. Use them. Soar! And then, little bird, you know what to do when you see the fowler below you!  

 

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Great devotional. I liked the words out of Spurgeon's sermon, fowler’s traps are secretive, adaptable, connected with profit or pleasure and deceptive. A great reminder that we can't be too careful. Reminder also God is our protector. Keep up the great writing in these devos, Kent.

Rich Bushong
December 21, 2009 - 21:13

I never thought about a "fowler's snare" before, but I sure do relate to the idea of Satan himself lying in wait for us and appealing to our sin natures. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against our adversary, the devil. I like the Psalm 25:4 verse - I often pray, "Lord, teach me what you want me to learn." Thanks, Kent, for a good devotional.

Deb Bendit
December 21, 2009 - 08:07
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