Stay Not Stray

Psalm 119:110  “The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.”

   The Golden Orb Weaver is a spider which spins a golden-colored web to attract bees.  Apparently, bees have trouble associating the yellow colored webs with danger.  Since yellow is the color of many nectar bearing flowers, the bees may be drawn into the snare because it looks like something good, but instead, they meet their destruction.  Interestingly, experiments showed that bees were able to learn to avoid other colors of webs, but they seemed least able to associate the yellow web with danger.  A snare is defined as a trap for the unwary, a situation which is both alluring and dangerous.  Our spiritual enemy knows what color web we are least able to avoid and knows how to make his snares look appealing “…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light…his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14 & 15).  “Watch out for false prophets.  They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).  Satan is the master of deception.  Jesus said of him in John 8:44, “…there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  All of Satan’s traps lead to sin.  Do you know how to spot those traps?  Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Have you strayed from God’s Word?

  To stray is to wander from or be distracted from something or someone.  So the psalmist (thought to be King David) is saying that staying near to and focused on God’s Word kept him from the snares of the wicked.  As we hide God’s Word in our hearts, it allows the Holy Spirit to bring it to mind and warn us when we are about to fly into the enemy’s trap.  A local doctor who is serving in Afghanistan was quoted in the newspaper as saying that soldiers serving in the Middle East are taught not to touch anything left on the road as it may be an explosive. Everything is suspect, plastic bottles, trash bags, dead animals, even deceased people. Just as their training helps keep them from falling into the deadly traps of their earthly enemy, so will knowing and staying near God’s Word keeps us away from the snares of our spiritual Enemy.  With His Word, we will know what Truth is (John 8:32), we will know what sin is (1 John 3:4), we will know what good fruit is (Galatians 5:22), we will know the path that is on level ground (Isaiah 26:7), and we will know how to protect ourselves with the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-17).  The more we know God’s Word, and thus the character of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the more we will be able to detect the lies and snares of the enemy, and the less we will want to stray from God’s Word.  Our Father also knows what color web we are least able to avoid, but when he meets us there it is with grace and for the purpose of feeding and strengthening us. He opens our eyes to see the snares for what they are and to receive His solution for avoiding our sure destruction.  Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  So “…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him…” (Deuteronomy 30:19 &20).  Stay. Don’t stray.

What do you find alluring that has ensnared you?

How will you plan to stay near to God’s Word?

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