Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Avoid Nets and Snares – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verses 5-6
5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. 6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Avoid Nets and Snares
There’s that flatterer again, pesky fellow isn’t he? Check out a devotional we went over about this guy recently called: “Flattering Words,” if you missed it.
How can we avoid nets and snares? First and foremost, we need a good understanding of a few things. First, would be the Word of God. Second, would be understanding that if we don’t know what the Lord’s opinion is on something, to go and search it out rather than jumping into a net that has the appearance of a Jacuzzi.
We wouldn’t have a problem avoiding nets and snares if they weren’t disguised as something else. In vain does anyone spread out a net in front of an animal, because the animal won’t go near it.
If someone is looking to trap an animal with a net, they need to disguise the net, right? According to the verse above, flattery is the camouflage for that net.
The Word of the Lord is available to us, so that we may avoid the nets and snares that have been placed and camouflaged by the wicked, just waiting for us to take the bait. Sounds kind of paranoid huh?
Well, if a soldier was behind enemy lines, and the enemy was all over the place, would he be paranoid in being cautious about his movements? Would it be paranoia to use the training and instruction received prior to leaving friendly territory? I don’t believe so.
We are Ambassadors of Christ, traversing in a world that is not our home, but our mission field. And yes indeed, we are most definitely behind enemy lines as this world and all of its systems are set up and under the control of the evil one.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, but the rest of it was handed over by Adam approximately 6,000 years ago. Things that we can see as well as what we can’t.
To think that we’re safe, or having no need to avoid traps and snares because we’re saved isn’t just a wildly popular idea, but it’s just as wildly unbiblical. After we’re saved, we’re a target. It’s not paranoia if it’s true.
Jesus sent his disciples out to preach the gospel and charged them to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Innocent as doves is easy to understand considering who was giving the instructions, but wise as serpents?
For those of us who understand what’s out there hidden in the path we’re walking on, we get it. But those who subscribe to the idea that salvation is easy as pie and no cause for care is coming, it might be tough to reconcile. Many people fall away when the cares of the world come.
Verse six says something that we need to understand. It is talking about a snare that has come by way of the wicked transgressing, then talks about the righteous rejoicing and singing.
The snare in this case, is against the one who has transgressed, rather than targeting the righteous. The righteous may suffer for a time at the hands of the wicked. But in the end, they will become snared by their own craftiness. He who digs the pit falls into it.
And though the righteous may suffer, at the end of the day they will be singing and rejoicing while the wicked is lamenting over the repercussions (or snares) of their transgressions. As the Word says, weeping may endure for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. No so for the wicked.
The Lord is always hammering on the fact that we need him and his Word to avoid nets and snares set for us by Satan, or by any that belong to him. But the Father also wants us to use his wisdom to keep us from our selves, which is always so eager and willing to go against the will of the Lord and jump straight into a well disguised net.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 21: King James Bible
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Thank you for your Word and all that it entails. Help us throughout our daily walk, as we traverse through enemy territory as Ambassadors for Christ. Help us to understand what kinds of things that the enemy has erected in our way, and give us the wisdom not to fall for his wiles. Strengthen us Father, so that we may reach the end of any form of suffering at the hand or intent of the wicked, and cause for us to stand strong while they are dealing with the snare that they have placed upon themselves. Forgive them Lord, and bring about situations that are required to bring them to a point of salvation. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you careful to avoid nets and snares in your daily life, or do you find yourself strolling right into them?