For among My people are found wicked men; They lie in wait as one who sets snares; They set a trap; They catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore, they have become great and grown rich.
Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
Among the most personal of the enemy's battle plans are those targeting the integrity of our families: the devil's evil dreams and schemes to separate husbands from their helpmates. But perhaps an even broader swath is cut between parents and children.
That cavernous pit catches descendants in multiple generations. It's cleverly disguised in all kinds of resourceful and rational ways: well-reviewed books by doctors on child-rearing, focusing on self
-esteem; well-developed opinions by diverse experts, focusing on self
Well-hardened cynics without vision, focusing on self
-preservation; well-advertised ways to be more beautiful, focusing on self
-image; well-publicized celebrity award shows, focusing on self
-glory. Well-worded excuses for sin focusing on self
Well-meaning parents saying Yes, Yes, Yes, nurturing self
-entitlement; well-deceived defenders of callous kids, nurturing self
-centered bullies; well-acted commercials by crafty merchants nurturing self
Actors, models and talent for Christ: All of this focus on me, me, me, diverts our focus from Him, Him, Him. If Satan distracts our families by way of the parent, child or both, then he has achieved his evil plan of stealing, killing and destroying: especially the relationships meant to mimic God's kinship with us.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.