Of Eagles, Lions and Wolves: When Traps Don't Work
(This reading is based on Psalm 124 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.)
"Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers;" Psalm 124: 7
Satan is showcased as a "roaring lion" that "walks about seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5: 8. Under normal circumstances lions work in teams and they are famous for ambushing their prey; making them the most formidable predators on the African plains.
And true to form, the devil works strategically, with many unsuspected allies, to drive us into the jaws of rebellion and sin against God. So often we feel like we have no option, but to do something illegal, or accept a job that encroaches on the Sabbath, or be in an illicit sexual relationship with someone who is married to someone else, or simply not married to you. We're snared.
But you know, I've never heard of a lion catching an eagle. Eagles simply fly too high for lions to reach them. Didn't God promise us that we will, "mount up with wings as eagles?" Isa 40: 31. We don't have to get caught; we can soar above lions.
But the reality is that we, more often than not, live as earth dwellers than living as eagles. Hence, as a lion, the devil is often able to pursue us. But he doesn't always hotly pursue as a lion; sometimes he is able to infiltrate our camp and we think he's one of us. Here is where the Bible talks of "wolves in sheep's clothing." Matt 7: 15. And here is where we need divine discernment to discover the devil among us. Jesus says, "You shall know them by their fruits." Matt 7: 16. Fruits? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Gal. 5: 22, 23.
Father in Heaven, thank You for wings with which to soar, and for the spirit of discernment so we can identify the enemy among us. Grant us the wisdom and the force of will to live lives proof of being compromised by the devil we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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