Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 17th, 2017
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
Proverbs 14:27 (NIV)
The Snares of Death
Once again we read the Lord’s description of a “fountain of life.” Not only is godly, Bible-based instruction called a fountain but also the fear of the Lord is that life-giving source. The fear of the Lord can even turn a person away from disaster. The Lord sees what we can’t see. He knows what we can’t know. Thank you, Lord, for rescuing us from unnecessary loss.
As they have done for many decades, trappers in Western Canada set snares to cull wolves and coyotes, predators who attack livestock, caribou and other large animals. The problem is that the snares also catch and kill non-target species. In February 2016, for example, two golden eagles were brought to the Medicine River Wildlife Centre in Raven Alberta after having been injured by a wolf snare. One of them subsequently died. More recently 15 cougars in that region were killed by wolf snares.
There are few people who look forward to death. Most fear it immensely and hope to live long and prosper. But none avoid the ultimate end of every human life. Death can be frightening for those who have no assurance of eternal life, no hope for life beyond the grave. King Solomon noticed many who feared death, increasingly so as it got closer. He wrote in Proverbs 14:27: “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” Our assurance of eternal life comes as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ, and that begins with acknowledging the existence of God and recognizing His sovereignty and power. When a person is in awe of their Creator, the love and grace that He offers becomes particularly inviting. By receiving Jesus Christ by faith as Saviour and Lord we immediately experience the gift of eternal life. As Solomon says “it is a fountain of life.” What a beautiful picture of the refreshing that the Lord Jesus provides for our soul. And what a contrast to the snares of death that entrap all who don’t know Jesus Christ.
These have been words from the heart.