The cute and furry martens in our area of France were a real problem. Because we had a car port rather than a garage, they would burrow up into the car carriage for warmth and chew on the wires! A devise with an electrical shock discouraged them. But the parties they would have in our attic were quite another challenge! The only solution was trapping them and letting them go as they were protected. Thankfully, our landlord took care of them with boiled eggs luring them into cages.
Today’s verse talks about what will trap those who feel no allegiance to the Lord; their evil desires. What looks innocuous and tasty turns out to be dangerous. Their evil desires promise comfort and warmth but instead deliver a nasty shock. Those who are in right standing with God are delivered from even wanting what is evil and wicked. Their righteous living keeps them away from entrapment. When the one who is righteous delights in the Lord, his desires change and are no longer evil, aligning with His desires (Psalm 37:4).
It is not always easy for me to determine if my desires are evil and self-serving. My heart can deceive me and my rational can be flawed. Sin can be sneaky and alluring and temptation can be very strong. It is only in submitting my desires to Him that I can have any confidence that my desires are lining up with His. He will shine the light of His Word and expose the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. (Heb. 4:12) The discomfort of conviction is a whole lot better than becoming trapped!
Lord, change my desires to be like Yours.
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