(Proverbs 22:5 KJV) Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
I am not a hunter. I have no problem with people who are, but I am not. But I read a lot and you often have people describing the process. One of the types of gathering food is a snare. Satan is constantly setting “snares” (6341a) for us. That is the bad news. It is news we have all experienced. The good news is that snares can be avoided. They tend to be passive and wait for prey. They are usually set on the standard paths, the “way” (1870) an animal follows without thinking. You don’t set a snare for a rabbit on the limb of a tree, but you might for a squirrel.
How do we avoid the little traps of the devil? Think about it. Where have you stumbled in the past? What are the big temptations you face? Are there any thought patterns you follow by habit in certain situations? For instance, I am at a place in life where I have accepted the fact I have diabetes. I am blessed that sugar is not a big temptation for me. I like sweets, but my downfall is salt. I can turn my back on a Snickers bar with little effort but I must admit Doritos are a snare that gets me. So I don’t buy Doritos. I know that I will eat the whole bag. I make a choice. I am not perfect but I am making progress.
So? Make progress. Remember that if you get snared, Jesus is ready to forgive and restore. If you love Him you will want to have less to forgive today than you had yesterday. Observe, think, avoid.