Words from the Heart for Friday September 18th, 2020
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
Psalm 91:3 (NIV)
He Will Save You
Upper Canada became the first province in the British Empire to abolish slavery. In turn, fearing for their safety in the United States after the passage of the first Fugitive Slave Law in 1793, over 30,000 slaves came to Canada via the Underground Railroad, a Christian anti-slavery network, until the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Saved from slavery, they settled mostly in southern Ontario, but some also settled in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Birds are not easy to catch. Other than turkeys, chickens and ducks, we don’t tend to eat birds. But in other times, and still today in some cultures, birds such as pigeons and doves are part of the regular diet. So fowlers, those who catch birds, have a long history and have been critical in supplying food. Birds can be sly, however, and so fowlers have had to be creative in trapping them. This is why the Bible uses the fowler as a picture of Satan – he too is sly in capturing the heart and minds of people. The Psalmist writes this in Psalm 91:3: “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.” David isn’t being literal here. The fowler is Satan and his desire is to trap people in sin, which always leads to death. Jesus said, “the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.” The good news is that we don’t have to get trapped. David learned that when we trust God—and we do so through faith in Jesus Christ—God protects our minds and hearts from getting entrapped in sin. You can walk in victory today.
These have been words from the heart.