Disclaimer: If you like spiders, this devotional may make you uncomfortable.
I suppose one can conclude that spiders are industrious creatures; they always seem to be at work – spinning their seemingly-neverending webs. But today I learned a different lesson from them.
I was attempting to hang some clothes up to dry when, to my annoyance, I reached for a clothespin which was covered in cobwebs.
Ignoring it, I moved on to another pin, then another and another. Every single one of them looked the same.
Spiders had cleverly weaved their webs around them, essentially trapping the pins in the middle. Or so they thought.
It reminded me of the enemy. I know that in the Bible he is likened to a serpent, but today I saw his strategy in that of the spiders’.
I imagined that the moment they realized that the pins were not in use, they moved in; they’d laid in ambush, watching and waiting.
The enemy is like that. He waits for the coast to be cleared.
Hardly any praying, missing church, skipping Bible study – these and more make room for the him.
And once he notices the change, he moves in.
Sometimes we don’t even see it coming. The changes can be so subtle that we are not consciously aware of them. Usually we just feel the effects.
We are trapped. Or so the enemy would like us to think.
In the same way that a few swipes of my brush could free the pins from the spiders’ webs, so God is able to extricate us from the enemy’s snare; if we ask Him.
Furthermore, I’ve learned that if I don’t get rid of the spiders’ webs every time I notice them, they would eventually cover everything. Because for every one cobweb that I get rid of, there are several waiting to be spun.
Similarly, if we don’t ask Jesus to brush away the cobwebs of sin from our lives daily, we stand the risk of being completely taken over by it.
In fact, the most sensible course of action would be for me to take the clothespins off the line once I’m finished with them; this would limit their exposure to the spiders.
It also makes sense for us to avoid exposure to avenues that could lead us to sin. Solomon encourages us, “Above all else, guard your heart…” Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Friend, when we become aware of an area in our lives that requires clearing out, we should not put it off.
The enemy is waiting patiently for a foothold; let’s not give him one. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 KJV