Trapped like a Rat!


When I was a child I used to play a board game called “Mouse Trap.” It was a game that you seldom played to win. Rather you played to see the multiple level mouse trap in action. I don’t know if Milton Bradley still makes this game, but as a boy it left an impression on my mind. I don’t recall the rules or the objective, just the “trap.” In the end you had built a mouse trap that had rolling balls and swinging levers that would drop a small cage on an unsuspecting players plastic mouse. Moves that you had made much earlier in the game might not have any consequence, till the “trap” dropped on your playing piece much later in the game.

I have found that “moves” we make in life don’t always carry an immediate consequence. But later on in the game, the trap is sprung; we are caught and the results are ugly. The prophet Jeremiah was constantly warning the Israelites that their iniquities were causing blessings to be withheld. That men were setting snares to trap them. Yes, even men that were “among” them.

“For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men” (Jeremiah 5:26).

Our times are no different from the days of the prophet Jeremiah. There are plenty of snares that are set in our way so that we might fall into the “trap” of the world. Every day we are confronted with these snares. They are easy to step into, because they are so appealing to the eye. It has always been the case that the Lord has communicated with His children through prophets. They guide us through the maze of life, away from the snares and out of the traps. Nevertheless, the majority of us seem to be following the flattery and vain repetitions of the popular or “rich and famous.” And while we move from square to square we are oblivious to the “mouse trap” that is being constructed for our demise. “(We) are waxen fat, (we) shine: yea, (we) overpass the deeds of the wicked: (we) judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet (we) prosper; and the right of the needy do (we) not judge… and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” (vs. 28,31).

I guess it behooves us to be careful. We need to remember that we don’t want to find ourselves “trapped” down the road by our unrighteous decisions.
The consequences of our actions often do not “trap” us immediately, but “bye and bye” the consequences of our actions can snar us into a life that is full of sorrow and misery. If we look to the heavens for help we shall not find ourselves, at the last days, ‘trapped like a rat.’

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