Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. – Proverbs 29:6


Satan is a master at setting traps for believers. He is called the “fowler” in Psalm 124:7 (KJV), that is, a person who traps birds. Perhaps as a child you watched someone take bread crumbs and make a trail that led inside a box. The box was propped up on a stick, and a string was tied to the stick. The fowler waited behind a fence or a building while an unsuspecting bird followed the bread crumbs into the box. Then, at just the right moment, the fowler pulled the string, and the bird was caught.

Do you know someone who is following “bread crumbs” right now? Little enticements toward money, sex, addictions, or positions come at just the right time to keep the person moving toward the “box.” Satan knows that if he can get someone who has no accountability to others to move down a sinful path, he can ultimately “pull the string,” and the unsuspecting person will be trapped.

Public embarrassment, loss of influence, and ultimately eternal death are Satan’s intentions as the fowler. By God’s grace, however, “we escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free!” (Psalm 124:7).


Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. – Proverbs 29:6




When the Lord restored his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. . . . – Psalm 126:1-2

Restoration is such a biblical idea. The Bible is full of stories of broken lives, wrecked dreams, and dashed hopes. But in these stories, the power of faith brings such a dramatic turnaround in each situation that the people involved cannot contain their emotions.

There may have been a situation you practically gave up on, but then God reversed it miraculously. Perhaps Psalm 126:2 describes how you and your loved ones felt as you laughed and joyfully sang aloud of the Lord’s deliverance.

Hosea 6:2 (NIV) describes a scene of two days of death and a third day of resurrection: “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” This is a direct prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection on the third day. His disciples had lost all hope, when suddenly He walked out of the grave!

Maybe today your hopes are lying dead inside the grave with Satan’s guards at the door. Take courage—the third day is coming! “Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest” (Psalm 126:4-6).

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