Satan’s Trap Has Sprung
by Ray Harmer
“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul” (Ps. 124:2-5). Rightfully Israel gave God the credit. All too often they didn’t and we are guilty of the same. How many times has credit been ascribed to our own ability? How many doctors and scientists have received God’s praise?
I do not believe in luck. If my success depended on luck; surely I am a loser. We use that word all too frequently. If we would stop and think we would see that “luck” has nothing to do with anything. The seriously ill, or victims of accidents, are heard saying they are lucky to be alive. It is a figure of speech. But, we should pay more attention to what we say.
I was in a situation where I was taken from one hospital to another for treatment. We feel comfortable around our primary doctors, but when facing something else we are at the mercy of a stranger. I remember praying I would receive a good surgeon and not a rookie. It worried me greatly. Well one came in, did the usual, then left and I had no way of telling whether he was good. Then our good friend came in and told us he was one of the best in Ft. Worth and had operated on her mother. Well, I remember commenting on how “lucky” I was. You would think the first words out of my mouth would have been directed toward God. He, and He alone, was responsible for that chance meeting. It was He that answered our prayers; luck was not part of the equation.
We have to realize, as Israel did here, that everything is from God. If a doctor helped save our life, we need to recognize God was the orchestrator. If medication or modern science help, it is God who gave man such wisdom. In our jobs we must realize God gave us our talents to both live and utilize them for Him. I sometimes wonder what may have happened if I took a different direction in my life. If it were the case, I would not be where I am now or with whom. That’s not luck; it’s God’s divine direction. We should thank God for Jesus. Through His salvation we too can say, “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (vss. 7-8). Jesus has defeated the master fowler (Satan). There is no reason to feel trapped!