When we think of snares, the first thing we think about is traps. The hunters that lay the snares, position them in two different ways: 1. Hdden, so well you can’t really see or notice the snare. 2. Positioned in plain sight. Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives some definitions that I find so interesting. It states:
- A device that has a loop (called a noose) which gets smaller when the end of it is pulled and that is used to catch animals : a kind of trap
- A position or situation from which it is difficult to escape:
- (a) something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded
- (b) something deceptively attractive
One may be asking, why are they speaking about snares for animals? The parallel we want to draw is this, can we as God’s professed people especially our families be so caught up in the cares and affairs of this life (career, friends, family, relationships, fun, entertainment, money, houses, gain, worldly ambition, success, grades, acknowledgement, etc.) , that we unknowingly, carelessly, or even intentionally walk right into the snares that Satan has set for us? The answer is YES!
If our families are not diligent “to make your calling and election sure” – 2 Peter 1:10 Studying “to shew thyself approved unto God,” being “a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 It can and will be so easy for any one of our family members to fall into any snare that Satan has set in our path. How do we get caught up in the snare of Satan? The lure of pleasure.
The truth of the matter is, if sin didn’t look appealing no one would want to take part. Satan has set up innumerable devices to lure and entice us, especially our children. He appeal to our carnal natures to get us to slip and fall right into his traps. The first step may be the hardest, finally dismissing the Holy Spirit’s promptings, then giving into that sin that may seem small and innocent in the beginning. However, if we do not submit ourselves unto God, resisting the devil, he will not rest until we have gone down the extremely slippery slope of immorality and pure wickedness.
As long as our family members keep creeping so close to the edge of temptations, much like the animals who in their curiosity sniff and try the snare, one wrong choice can get the” loop” of sin caught around our necks. Then when we, by ourselves, try to escape the the “noose” of sin, it in turn gets smaller tightening around us not wanting to let go. Our loving Savior, however, doesn’t even desire for any one in our family to reach that point of being captured.
In God’s word it states “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41 We may think ourselves to be strong, that we can break apart the snare at any time if we fall captive. We may think we have the best intentions as to why we were playing around with the snare to begin with. But God’s word is sure, as a family we must watch and pray! If our families were diligently doing our part, we would at once notice the snare, and by submitting to God turn the other way. Our spirit is always willing to obey and follow Christ, but we are weak, helpless and hopeless without His help.
While the rest of the world is in bondage to Satan’s devices, it may seem, especially to our children, that everyone else is enjoying the pleasures of this world. Our children may be confused and even upset that we as a family are taking a stand to not partake of the “seemingly” innocent worldly pleasures of today. However, God’s word is sure that we should be “choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” – Hebrews 11:25 We must explain to our families that we are raising and molding our sacred circle to be fit for Heaven above, and we cannot be ready for Heaven if we are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:5). The snare of the lure of pleasure may seem strong, but God’s love and power to overcome and obtain victory is much stronger because the devil is already a defeated foe.
This hymn states it best, on how we can avoid any snares of Satan:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
The Family Blueprint
“The All-Important Consideration—Let none begin to believe that amusements are essential and that a careless disregard of the Holy Spirit during hours of selfish pleasure is to be looked upon as a light matter. God will not be mocked. Let every young man, every young woman, consider: “Am I prepared today for my life to close? Have I the heart preparation that fits me to do the work which the Lord has given me to do?” – The Youth’s Instructor, August 14, 1906.