Proverbs — News From The Source – Avoid The Snare Of The Fowler
“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.” Proverbs 6:1-5
The Message translation puts this passage in simpler modern terms but expresses the essential message.
“Dear friend, if you’ve gone into hock with your neighbor or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger, If you’ve impulsively promised the shirt off your back and now find yourself shivering out in the cold. Friend, don’t waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You’re in that man’s clutches! Go, put on a long face; act desperate. Don’t procrastinate—there’s no time to lose. Run like a deer from the hunter, fly like a bird from the trapper!” Proverbs 6:1-5
Driven by emotion or impulsive thoughts we can make some decisions that later prove to be detrimental to us in serious ways.
The snare of debt incurred by pledging surety for another person puts them in control of our lives not just our financial agreements. We are in effect enslaved to the one who holds us responsible by our own decisions to pay another person’s debts.
“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
It is particularly urgent that you disengage yourself as soon as possible from any such dealing by whatever means necessary, begging, pleading, cajoling, cutting a deal (legally of course) or anyway you can. Do what you can to appease or settle with your friend, but get out from under his control. If the promise goes forward it can mean sorrow and loss for you for years to come.
Why is this so important? God does not want us enslaved or bound to any man for any reason but love, nor to be unequally bound to an unbeliever in marriage, in business or debt of any kind.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
Debt of any kind is a burden mentally and physically, particularly debt that cannot be easily serviced. While we are yoked to it we cannot fully give our attention the things of God or be available to Him for His purpose and plan to be realized on the earth. It robs us of our joy, and fills us with anxiety and fear.
But perfect love casts out all fear because there is no fear in love. Fear has torment and debt drives us to it, bit by bit, moment by moment. God wants us free indeed. Free from bondage, free from fear and free from debt.
When our passion to help someone is righteous it will drive us to give what we can, instruct where we can, demonstrate God’s love and compassion to whom ever we can and to act with wisdom and understanding led by the Holy Spirit in all things.
There is only one who wants to hold us in bondage but Jesus has come to bring us the true freedom of life and that more abundantly.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
This is our destiny, life and life to the fullest expression of Godly purpose and creative measure. Eternity for us will be a continual, inexhaustible feast of ever increasing discovery, creativity, beauty, magnificence, and splendor, with peace and joy unending in the indescribable, uncontainable, inexhaustible and ever expanding presence of the glory of God the Father, in Jesus Christ our Lord.