The garden spiders are starting to appear again. The big, multi-colored spiders that are kind of pretty while kind of creepy at the same time. They build huge webs and some put an interesting zig zag pattern in part of it. I don’t know it that makes it stronger, if something about the pattern attracts the prey or what but it does seem to attract them. Other times the insects just are not aware of the web and get trapped. But they do catch the bugs. One thing I have noticed, is that when they catch something, usually wrap it in silk. Totally enveloping it so it has no way to escape and then they feed on it, not eating, but by injecting venom that breaks down the tissue so the spider can, well, basically suck the life out of the pray. Once it has done so, the spider, at least these I see, discard the remains of their prey so other potential victims won’t see the danger and to make it easier for the spider to trap another. But, if you look around the web, below it on the ground, you see the discarded remains of the victims of the spider, dead, empty shells.
Insects are either lured to the web, or happen into it because they don’t see some of the strands that ensnare them. Have you ever been walking an suddenly felt part of a web on your face? I have, sometimes when I go hunting I have walked into spider webs and to be honest, it kinda freaks me out. Usually its a bit dark, so I don’t know how much of the web I have on me or if the spider was in that part and wonder if I now have a spider on me. It would be sort of comical to see me as I get near frantic and do the “spider dance” trying to get the web off of me and hopefully brush a spider off if it is there. Other times, I feel just a little something on me and when I go to brush it off, I find a spider had gotten on me and to be honest, it always creeps me out a bit. How did it get there? Was it a more dangerous one or just there accidentally? Was that feeling a bite? and, many other such thoughts.
Well, all those thoughts got me to thinking how sometimes we accidentally walk into Satan’s webs. Sometimes we are enticed by a pretty pattern, a promise of sorts, of something that looks to be something else. We get deceived.
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Other times we get a little complacent and aren’t as alert as we should be and get a little entangled in something and at first, it doesn’t seem so bad but then we get more and more entangled, a little at a time, slowly getting so caught up in things that before we realizing it we have been wrapped up in the silk and are being consumed.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Either way, we become caught up in Satan’s web of deceit and he feeds on us, in the process stealing our eternal lives from us, taking all that God wants for us and leaving us empty shells, hollow and devoid of the life Christ died to give us. He warns us to be watchful and alert, to pay attention, to not fall victim to the deceiver but sometimes, often, we are not on guard and end up in situations we know we need to escape but can’t get free. If we are watchful we can avoid the trap, if we start to become entangled and fight early we can escape.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
BUT, the great thing is that God has a way for us to escape that web, no matter how badly we become entrapped. We can end up so badly entangled in sin because we like some of the things sin brings us, things like possessions, prestige, pleasure but we eventually become so wrapped up that it becomes harder and harder to escape, at least on our own. When we reach that point, and even earlier on when only caught by a small thread, if we call out to Jesus to save us He will break the bonds and we will be free. He will give us the strength to escape and avoid being devoured.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]. 1 Corinthians 10:13
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
My Heavenly Father,
I thank You for the many blessings, grace and mercy You give me. I praise Your Name. I thank You for helping me avoid, and at times escape from, the webs of the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy; that you helped me avoid the destruction that would have come to my soul had You not been protecting and helping me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to help protect, save and guide me as I try to avoid the pitfalls and snares. I pray that You help loved ones escape from the webs in which they find themselves so that they can avoid harm. Draw us all to You and show us Your perfect way for us. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your son, Christ, who died that I may be forgiven.
Thank you all for your visit today. I pray you all have many blessings come your way and that you are a blessing to others as well.