Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:3
A fowler is someone who hunts any kind of fowl. The snare he sets catches a bird by its feet and traps it, rendering the poor thing unable to fly. Satan entraps like this.
. . .and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. 2 Tim. 2:26
He delights in making captives, tying me to the ground when I was meant to soar on eagle’s wings. Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. Isaiah 40:31 Knowing how I am snared, and how I am to soar, must be understood.
Weaknesses are Satan’s catalysts for entrapment. Personal triggers are accessed to incapacitate me, leaving me compromised and unable to function. Fear, shame, discouragement, addictions, past spiritual abuse, childhood traumas…. all these are fodder for the fowler. The way out is a re-alignment of my thoughts from lies to truth. Freedom is found through exercised faith, putting an end to the inertia by audibly re-asserting my faith in Jesus. The robust proclamation of the scriptures opens the fowler’s traps.
What is it to soar on eagles’ wings? Is it a fulfilling job, pleasant circumstances, or satisfying friendships? These things do not comprise the concept. It is to soar on the currents of the wind of the Spirit, to live enfolded into the life of Christ Himself. It is to be captivated by His beauty, seeing life through His eyes, and seeing Him live through me. It is to see numbness shattered and wonder return. It is to see the veil of apathy toward the scriptures disappear and spiritual understanding arrive. Soaring is impossible to describe to a blind man. But to those who believe, there is understanding beyond language.
Oh Jesus, break open the fowler’s traps and set Your children free. Show them heights only seen on eagle’s wings. Amen