September 11, 2023

Trapped

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“He must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.”—1 Timothy 3:7 NASB

The European armies faced the Mongol Horde near the modern German-Polish border in April 1241. The Mongols repulsed the first charge of the European cavalry, but after a second charge, the Mongols seemed to flee in fear. Sensing an opportunity, the Europeans chased the Mongols. It seemed like a moment of triumph.

Little did they know that they had been trapped. As one historian described, the Europeans had become overconfident. They found themselves “spread out, disorganized, confused, and tiring quickly.” The shrewd Mongols then decimated them.

Many armies over time have fallen into similar traps. But traps are sprung in all of life, even in our spiritual lives. Anyone can be snared, not just novices, but also experienced veterans.

Paul knew how easily we can be trapped—attracted into forming wrong relationships or misled into following deceptive paths. We can fail to heed warnings and suffer the consequences.

Be careful not to be overconfident. Realize that Satan is looking for ways to capture your thoughts and cause you to doubt God and His Word. He wants to lure you to watch programs or films filled with corruption, hear arguments that can hijack your heart, or become addicted to lifestyles that lead you away from God.

How can you be ready? Know God’s Word. Pray about any questionable activity. Stay sensitive to His Spirit. Ask God to help you avoid the traps awaiting you!

Reflection Question: In what areas are you susceptible to falling into Satan’s traps?

Prayer
Father, give me discernment. Show me where I am vulnerable. Help me to stay strong in You and be ready for attacks. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 3

Prayer
Father, give me discernment. Show me where I am vulnerable. Help me to stay strong in You and be ready for attacks. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Timothy 3