“My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net” (Psalms 25:15 ESV).
The devil has never been slack about laying traps for believers. He is always about that business. He usually starts out small, planting seeds of deception in our minds. It’s not often that he starts out with something big, because we don’t usually have a problem spotting the obvious. “For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird” (Proverbs 1:17 ESV).
But when he starts with something little in our minds, we don’t always catch it right away. It’s like the example of a frog in a pot of water. If you put a frog in a pot of hot water, it will jump right out. But if you set a frog in cool water in a pot on the stove, and heat up the water very slowly, the frog will stay in the water and boil to death. It acclimates to the temperature until it is too late. (I have no idea why someone tried this in the first place!).
I think that we often get so wrapped up in looking for the obvious nets that’s we don’t notice the ones that are hidden, the ones that blend right in because they are surrounded by truth. That little idea, planted in our hearts, just a little bit untrue, grows up surrounded by truth. So we don’t notice it.
“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also” (Matthew 13:24-26 ESV).
If we spend our time looking for the traps, we are ineffective in our walk. It’s foolishness, and it, in itself, is another trap. David said, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.” David knew a thing or two about the traps of the enemy. We need look no further than Bathsheba to see that. But through experience, David learned that if he kept his eyes on the Lord, looking to the source of truth, even if he was somehow caught up in a trap of the enemy, God would pull him out of the trap!
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be concerned about traps of the enemy. Just that if we focus on God, the Giver of Truth, even the obscure lies become more obvious.
The fool focuses on the net. The wise focuses on the Deliverer.
Blessings on your day!