The simplest way to catch wild game is with the basic snare trap. It consists of just a single piece of wire or string with a loop at one end, creating a noose. It looks harmless enough until the animal runs through it, tightening the noose until it can not free itself. It would break my heart to see one of these used. I would pity the plight of the animal to the point of setting it free at the first opportunity! Thankfully, I am not in a survivor mode having to depend on hunting to live.
Today’s verse uses the image of a snare to describe how fear affects us. Fearing what man can do is a paralyzing trap. Fear keeps us from moving forward and realizing our goals. It stops us squarely in our tracks. Rather than venture forth, we cower and stay still. Our movements are curtailed and we are no longer free to move about.
This verse thankfully does not stop there. We have a choice. We do not have to live in fear of what evil men may do, but can live freely, trusting in the Lord’s protection. He honors our trust and confidence in Him by keeping us safe. For the believer, the soul is beyond the touch of evil and our eternal future remains secure. Our God is more powerful than any evil scheme and nothing can thwart His personal plan for each one of His own. I know and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day (II Tim. 1:12).
Thank you Lord, that trusting You keeps me safe and secure.