So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion— and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. (Proverbs 6:3-5)
The Proverb above tells us if we fall into our neighbors hands we are to try to free ourself to the point of exhaustion and try to get loose like a bird from the snare of a fowler.
Yet if it is such serious business to free ourselves from a human being, how much more should we seek to make our peace with God.
Human beings may pose a threat to physical well being or many areas of life, yet truly the Lord has power to “after killinf the body has the authority to throw your soul into hell.” Jesus says.
“And what a dreadful thing it is to fall into the hands of a living God” (Hebrews 10:31)
Yet, there is hope for all those who in that dread of God and knowledge of their sin cry out as David did
David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” (2 Samuel 24:14)
Our sin is a trap, trapping us before God, trapping us under a overhanging sentence of His judgement. There is no escape for this trap but to plead with Him who has imprisoned us
What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released. (Job 12:14)
And behold, “But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, he tells them what they have done— that they have sinned arrogantly. He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil. If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge. (Job 36:8-12)
Shall we not submit ourselves to His terms and humble ourselves? After all, who is great in mercy like our God. Who is rich in love like He? Shall we not to the point pf exhaustion make our peace with him?
For if we do not we indeed will “perish by His Sword and die without knowlege” and never find the “Key of knowlege” to enter peace and salvation.
Jesus Christ is that peace. We must not try to appease God any other way. None of our good works can cleanse away our sins and the only cleansing is to own up and say
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:13-14)
For the Lord gives himself not to they who think they deserve him, but they who magnify Him as so worthy they never could deserve Him!
(Isaiah 24:13-20) -13Throughout the earth the story is the same— only a remnant is left, like the stray olives left on the tree or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest. 14But all who are left shout and sing for joy. Those in the west praise the Lord’s majesty. 15In eastern lands, give glory to the Lord. In the lands beyond the sea, praise the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 16We hear songs of praise from the ends of the earth, songs that give glory to the Righteous One! But my heart is heavy with grief. Weep for me, for I wither away. Deceit still prevails, and treachery is everywhere. 17Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth. 18Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake. 19The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken. 20The earth staggers like a drunk. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy.
Througout the earth will be people who respond and repent and turn to the Lord and become a remnant of the redeemed. Yet those who reject him and refuse His Message will indeed:
17Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth. 18Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake. 19The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken. 20The earth staggers like a drunk. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy.
Though a rebel may seem to be at ease and flourish, when they die, they are fave to face with their Judge
“The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning. The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out. The vigor of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down. His feet thrust him into a net; he wanders into its mesh. A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare holds him fast. A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path. Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step. Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls. (Job 18:5-12)
Let us be warned;—-34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36)
Life can cause many distractions to draw people away from this most critical decision. Pleasure, riches, deception all about serve to trap many to cause them to dull their ears and never find the hope of salvation. Like carbon monoxide that slowly puts a person into a deep sleep, never to wake up again. The person feels no pain through this poisonous gas, just grows tired and falls asleep only to never wake again.
So too sin’s deception may not often alert us to what peril it brings yet it’s end is deadly.