Recently, I read and discussed Psalm 141 with a small group of men I meet with regularly. I would encourage you to read it, meditate on it, discuss it with others and even consider sharing with your family, especially your sons. The last three verses are especially powerful…
But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
and form the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked fall in to their own nets, while I pass by safely. Psalm 141:8-10
Our conversation became focused on the traps and snares that the enemy sets for us. Here are some thoughts we discussed.
• Some traps and snares only cause us to trip or stumble, but wont’ ‘take us out’.
• There are traps and snares, however, that will ‘take a man out completely’.
• We all admitted that we’d been caught in some traps and snares and that we learned much from those experiences.
• We learned to be on guard… satan is always looking for a new way to catch us.
• We learned that it’s important to have some men nearby to help us watch, call us back when we get close to danger and pull us out of any trap we do stumble into.
That led a discussion about our children. I can tell you that my kids fall into traps and snares. Yes, I’d rather that they didn’t but really, I’m glad that they do. Each stumble, fall, scrape and bruise, if handled correctly by Stacy and me, gives them insights about how satan works, where their weaknesses are and how powerful God’s love is for us. But perhaps most important, we have opportunities to help our children understand what to look for and how to avoid the next trap… which could prove to be fatal.
Our children do get ‘stung’ by Satan’s traps. We just dealt with a trust issue with Zachery, a significant academic, discipline and time management battle with Ben and because Tim had taken a joke too far, he got an appropriate corrective reprimand from the father of a friend. As a dad, I’d love to have perfect kids who do everything right and experience no pain. But the truth is, I try to remember to rejoice in the fact that I can process these challenges with them and help better prepare for more deadly traps and snares they’ll surely face in future. I can also continue to point them to God’s unconditional love and care for them…But my eyes are toward you, O God my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless. Ps. 141:8…and He doesn’t.
Noble Notes posted on October 27, 2011