Proverbs in 365 Devotions

April 18

Proverbs 7:Proverbs 7:22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 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.

The Ox, The Stag And The Bird

R Aylor

Oh, and they say that ignorance is bliss but the Ox, the stag and bird might disagree.


I can visualize the Ox standing there in the middle of the field, strong and able to overpower any challenger who had ever came his way… until that dreadful day. Not a worry in the world. Oh, there were dangers around him for sure. Coyotes and lions might test him from time to time but he was big and when he pointed his huge intimidating horns their way and shook his head and stomped his feet that was usually all it took and the predators would disappear into the woods.


However, on this blissful day he was distracted by the grass he was eating when men caught him unawares and in an instant he was taken out and quickly hauled away to be butchered.


On the other hand, the buck had his own obsession going on that day. While chasing after a beautiful and playful doe he had no Idea he was in the path of the soaring arrow.


As for the bird, he swooped down to peck the seeds in a trap with no anxiety or fear that something terrible was about to happen.


We might talk about the fish chasing a lure that was hiding triple razor sharp hooks or the man being distracted by an uncertain friend request on social media. Nonchalantly he pushes back any keen sensory perceptions of danger he might have. His well oiled rationalized mind machine kicks in and while working in the background does its intended job to perfection. He blissfully swoops down and clicks on “Accept”.


Of course for the believer, the adulterous woman in this passage is not only a woman but anything that comes between us and the love of our life who is Jesus.


Father today please help us to carry your words found in 1st Peter 5:8 within our heart.  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.