“Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set baits for me. Selah.” – Psalms 140:4-5
Throughout scripture we see the use of the word snare repeated over and over. We see the enemy constantly laying out snares for God’s chosen people. Likewise, we also see wise men of God constantly crying out for Him to deliver them from the Fowler’s snares.
“Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the baits of the workers of iniquity.” – Psalms 141:9
Some might ask, what exactly is a snare, and in what context was it used in biblical times that we might better understand this relentless tactic of the enemy? A snare is a trap set to catch animals that consisted of a looped cord. Once stepped on or passed through, the loop would tighten around the animal while they enjoyed the pleasure of the bait. Once it had a grip on them they rarely ever escaped. It was used most often in biblical times, and therefor in scripture, for catching birds. At this time there were no effective ways of plucking birds from the sky therefor, they had safety in their heavenly abode. So sense a Fowler could not rise to their level, he had to get them to come down to his. He did this by setting snares and covering them with grain. The birds were then tempted by this bait, left the protection of their place above their enemies, and came down to the Fowler dominion where they were caught in his snare and trapped.
Satan works the same way. A born again child of the King who’s mind and heart are set in heavenly places stands safely with the enemy under his feet. (Acts 2:35) You are like the bird and Satan is like the Fowler. He cannot rise to your level so he begins to set bait to get you to come down to his. He sets his trap and covers it with tempting baits, the easy meal. Then once we’ve set our eyes on the bait, our pride convinces us that we know and understand what we’re seeing, when really we only see what is on the surface, what the Fowler wants us to see. So we change course. These baits come in many forms such as promises of quick advancement, opportunities, attractive or flattering people, anything that looks good, quick, and easy makes for great bait for tempting us to leave the course that God has placed us in to feed from the Fowler snare. So beware.
Now that we understand what the Fowler snare is, how do we avoid it? I could list many scriptures that point out in detail different baits and tactics used to snare God’s people, but it can all be simplified in this, trust God. Don’t look for the easy road, the fast meal, the quick satisfaction, don’t trust the words or positioning of men, don’t succumb to either flatteries or pressures, don’t try to take matters into your own hands or help God do His job. When you do any of these things you are taking your focus off of God and putting them on the bait. Instead seek God daily in fervent prayer, listen, and obey. Do not put your trust in either yourself or in others, but in God only, in His will, and in His instructions. If you do this He will surely deliver you from the Fowler’s snare every time. God will always show you the snares being set for you in advance that you might avoid them, you just have to be focused, humble, and obedient enough to hear, listen, and trust Him. God is always speaking, we’re just not always listening. It takes great humility to admit that we can only see what the Fowler wants us to see and that we need God to tell us what we are actually seeing, because what we think looks good might very well have a snare lying just under the surface.
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord.” – Proverbs 29:25-26
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” – Psalms 91:1-4