Caught in a Trap

A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare lays hold of him. A rope is hidden for him in the ground, a trap for him in the path. Terrors frighten him on every side, and chase him at his heels. His strength is famished, and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
Job 18:9-12
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Caught in a Trap
Snares work by using the weight of the animal against them.  When the snare tightens around the animals neck the instinctively push against it, not realizing they are constricting the snare tighter and tighter. Eventually, before they even know what has happened, the animal perishes.  This is what sin does to us.  It is a trap we eagerly run head long into.  We chase after the seductions of the world, whether it be money, fame, desires of the flesh, you name it and we will covet it.  And before we know it the snare is around our necks and we suffocate, slowly dying from our own sinful thoughts, words, and deeds.  But it does not have to be this way.  Yes, we are all caught in a trap, so often of our own making, but we have a Savior.  Someone to set us free and heal the scars caused by our sinfulness. The prophet Isaiah tells us, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1). Christ came to free us from our chains of wickedness and sin. Christ’s death on the cross destroyed the snare which the devil made for us. The empty tomb proclaimed victory and freedom from our bonds. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:6).  
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