You might not see them unless you take an early morning walk through dew soaked grass. Then they’re impossible to miss. Dew drenched gossamer webs of the finest silk. Clinging to tree limbs. Clutching rocks. Delicate, yet so strong. Beautiful, yet so annoying.
Stoop to behold their beauty, but be careful some spiders will jump. Intricate patterns. Liquid silk is pulled or squeezed from spinnerets that dries into silk thread that is stronger and more flexible than steel of the same weight.
Satiny silk–fashions most luxurious fabric. The amazing little spider is capable of producing multiple types of silk, including the sticky variety that immobilizes anything that touches the web. Strong silk for webs or safety-lines for spider- rappelling. And let’s not forget the special dinner napkin variety that keeps dinner fresh until serving time. Now that’s technology, no God-knowlogy hidden in the DNA of one of God’s creatures. God-knowlogy at its best.
You’ll find them in king’s palaces and pauper’s hovels. We sweep them from corners and dust them from ceiling, but they reappear almost before we can put away the broom.
Little Miss Muffett certainly wasn’t the first little lady to be frighten by them. Their sudden movement when you move a rock or pull grass from around a fence post can startle you. And aside from the fact that some folks are simply frightened of them for no apparent reason, some varieties are poisonous. The black widow and the brown recluse are the two most common poisonous spiders in our area.
While webs come in different shapes and sizes, the purpose is always the same…to trap its prey. Thin, transparent threads of sticky silk. Patient spiders. Waiting…off the web…teetered by a single warning thread like a fisherman’s line. When it feels it’s victim struggle, the spider moves quickly. It jabs its fangs into its frantic prey. The predator’s poison paralyzes the insect. The spider quickly wraps the insect in its special silk napkin for later. And then, the spider injects its meal with a chemical that liquifies the insect’s internal organs. Then the spider drinks the insect leaving an empty shell.
A spider’s web is not the only invisible trap. Sin is a trap.
Sin is a trap, but it doesn’t have to be invisible.
Invisible to the naked eye. But not to the spiritual eye of a believer that has developed the lens of their vision with Scripture.
Avoid the invisible traps.
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap” Luke 21:34 ESV
Sin is alluring.
It calls to you. It whispers your name. Don’t linger. Don’t give it a place in your thoughts. Philippians 4:8 give a believer boundaries for their thoughts, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” ESV
The incubation of wrong desire.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, ” James 1:14,15 ESV
Keep loving Jesus.
Spiritual blindness doesn’t occur in a single activity.
Our conscious, our spiritual senses are dulled, when we ignore the warnings of God’s Word. Our passion for God, our craving to please God wanes and waxes cold.