Proverbs 7:23 – Till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.
In the days before I could be saved by the Lord we owned a coffee estate; and it was here I used my skills to trap rabbits. The soil was very soft and early morning we used to see the foot prints of a lot of animals. Then we used to trace out the path that the rabbits followed from their hole to the estate.
The distance between coffee plants in the estate is between 5 to 6 feet. So, we would tie cords from one stem to the other. The cords had loops or nooses. When the rabbits moved to and fro they got entangled in the noose and the more they struggled to come out of it, the noose would get tighter and choke the rabbit to death.
When I was studying about the snare, the Lord reminded me of these rabbit traps. He said “Son, if the rabbits had to roam away from the coffee plants your traps would have had no effect.”
Here, we have a similarity between the noose and the offences that we harbor. Just as the noose tightens around the rabbit as it struggles to get out, similarly we go deeper into the pit when we keep on recollecting the offences. We lose sleep and are unable to make amends with the person who has offended us.
Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
You might have noticed at prayer meetings how people cry, scream and roll on the ground. They are the ones who harbor a lot of offences and hurts and they have been contemplating on them all the time. They are unable to forget those hurtful incidents. But, when the word of God is spoken to them, the anointing comes and through the outburst they are set free. I was one of them.
I did not have a relationship with my God and therefore I had no understanding of the concept I mentioned above. I kept meditating on the hurts for hours together everyday till I finally went into a depression. My negative thinking put me into a shell making me a prisoner of Satan.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.