Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 6:5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Run, Buck & Flap Your Wings
Solomon has been talking to his son about getting trapped by our own words… In verse one we learned not to make pledges or give security to strangers or even neighbors who want our approval or support for things that go against our God.
In verses 2-4 we found out what to do if we make those kinds of mistakes with our mouth… If so then we have been trapped by our own words. We are to give our eyes no sleep until we go to them and set our words straight with Gods word.
Today is more like a review for the last two devotions on this subject.
Now in verse 5 we see the two analogies Solomon has given us. Let me read it again. “save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”
If an antelope is snagged by a rope what will he do? I suspect he will buck against that rope to the right and then to the left… running to the end as fast as he can jerking the one holding the other end to the ground if possible that he might hopefully let go with his hand and the gazelle be free.
If a bird is captured and held in someones hand what will he do? That’s right.. wiggle and flap as hard as he can!
Thats the desperate attitude we need to have if we have put our Lord in a bad light. If we have stood up for the wrong things by supporting our neighbor… Maybe we agreed with their bad characterization or gossip or opinion about another person and they hoped for their downfall… and you or I actually agreed with them. Our words have trapped us in a sin. We misrepresented the gospel of grace and love that the Lord showed us sinners who were rebels against him. For we are ambassadors for Christ. We run and buck our hardest to get out of this loose around our neck. We must flap our wings and squawk at the top of our lungs to release our wrong words.