A Trap

Job 18:8-9
“For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks into a snare. The net takes him by the heel, and a snare lays hold of him.”

Although the counsel of Bildad was misdirected when applied to Job’s situation, he still gives some valuable insight. He addresses one of the dangers we face as we walk with the Lord. He warns of a snare set to entangle the righteous. Psalm 91 refers to this as “the snare of the fowler”, or a trap set by the enemy to trip us up. It is important to keep in mind, walking with the Lord is serious business. We must be aware of the pitfalls along the way. Ephesians 5 is an important part of the road map to a successful Christian walk.

Ephesians 5:15-16 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

The word circumspect means to be aware of what is going on around us. Looking around, we realize people have fallen from the Lord for a variety of reasons. The enemy uses sin, pride, hurt feelings, disappointment, fear, false teaching, embarrassment, and a variety of other things to trip up the believer. If we are going to succeed, we need to be aware of his tactics, and walk carefully with the Lord. We need to be in His word, be in fellowship, be spending time in prayer, and be forgiving. These things strengthen our inner man and keep us closer to the Lord.

Pastor Jim


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