There is no tangled web here with the orb weaver although there is a goal to deceive This docile spider meticulously weaves his web in a perfectly shaped orb. As much as I dislike any kind of spider, I can appreciate them taking care of those pesky insects. What is so surprising is the larger ones will actually manage to deceive and ensnare the occasional frog or hummingbird!
Today’s verse is a loving warning not to be deceived. There is an accepted and valued standard of wisdom in our world which differs from godly wisdom. Worldly wisdom, which does not include the fear of God, can lull one into a false sense of security and directly into a web of deception. It is only in becoming “fools” in the world’s eyes that we can know Christ who is called, “the power and wisdom of God.” (I Cor. 1:24) No one can boast of wisdom without God, who “makes foolish the wisdom of the world.” (I Cor. 18:20)
The wisdom of God is not found by my own study. It is not found by how many Bible verses I can recite. Wisdom cannot be found “in the land of the living.” (Job 28:13) True wisdom starts by the fear and obedience of its Source, God Himself. Knowing Him, loving Him and obeying Him makes me wise. Any other source is suspect. When I turn to Him in making a decision, that is wise. When I submit my will to His, that is wise. When I choose His Word as the foundation for my life, that is wise!
Lord, do not let me be deceived.