The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords;
They have spread a net by the wayside;
They have set snares for me. Selah.
As a boy I was a keen watcher of nature television programmes; I had a strong love for animals just like my dad. Sunday night would find us watching the latest wildlife series from the BBC from some far flung corner of the world. It was from this that my love for birds was born which suited me; I could see many of these birds in our garden or the fields and woods surrounding our village. As I read today’s chosen verse I am reminded of watching the work of bird-ringers in England; these ornithologists set up elaborate nets which were launched suddenly over a flock of feeding birds in an estuary or field. The purpose of this was to capture large numbers of birds to record their statistics for annual comparison.
Our verse today talks of hidden traps, but not for our benefit. These are laid “by the wayside” by our enemies, the agents of Satan in this world. As I read this it occurred to me that these traps are set by the side of the road, what we call the verge here in the UK. British verges are a haven for grass, wild flowers, insects and birds; but they can also hide unpleasant surprises. I found this out one day when I stopped cycling for a look at a Kestrel, what I thought was a grass verge was a deep grassy ditch…and down I went. If I had stayed on the road I would have been fine, which is also the case in our walk with God. His enemies are ours too, and they set traps on the verge of the path we walk with Him.
Dear reader, beware of the traps that Satan and his minions have laid before you today! They may not be elaborate but rather may be disguised in the grassy verge of our path; stay on the road with your Guidebook, His Word. Keep your eyes on The Way ahead, and follow His voice as He calls you.
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