Last summer we were watching our son’s labrador retriever puppy while he and his wife went out-of-town for a couple of days. Sadie was a typical lab puppy. She was a curious, clumsy, chewing ball of fluff . She enjoyed the large fenced yard and being outside with their other two dogs.
Because Sadie was a puppy, we checked on her several times a day to make sure she had plenty to eat and drink. Each time, she was thrilled to see human beings and she craved our hugs, rubs, dog treats, and kind words. But, one time, things weren’t right with her. She didn’t come running to see my husband, Mark. But, he could hear her crying and barking.
When Mark found her, the other two dogs were standing over her and she was on the ground struggling, totally bound by a long tv cable. In her attempts to pull the cable to chew it, she became so ensnared and entangled that she was trapped and struggling to breathe. It took Mark a long time to untangle the cable and to free Sadie. When she finally escaped, she ran far away from the danger. Sadie was grateful to Mark. She seems to have great affection for her rescuer and even though Mark won’t admit it, he loves her, too! We still wonder how that little puppy got into such a dangerous trap in such a short amount of time?
As Christ-followers we can get into trouble pretty fast ourselves. We go through life and something distracts and gets our attention. Then we are drawn to the distraction. We move from looking to exploring and if we are not careful, we become trapped in a dangerous situation. We become a tangled mess and we can’t free ourselves. There is no way out and we need a helper.
Scripture tells us we have a way to escape the snares in life. We have a helper to free us from dangerous traps. Psalm 124:7-8, “Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper. The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Our helper is the Lord. He broke the snare of sin and death and we have escaped the danger of eternal judgment.
In what dangerous situation(s) do you find yourself? To whom will you go for help? How will you thank the Lord for freeing you?
Heavenly Father, You are our Helper, who is also the Maker of heaven and earth. Thank you for not leaving us in the trap of sin and death. Teach us through your Word how to live in total freedom and warn us of the dangers of sin. In Your Son Jesus’ Name, Amen