On the surface, I’m pretty good hiding how I feel. Perhaps, a defense mechanism from my years as an athlete, I often go into survivor mode, pushing forward regardless of the pain. This psychosis like state led me to complete a high school cross country race after spraining my ankle during the first mile. Unfortunately, when I crossed the finish line, I collapsed ripping my ankle from its tendons, twisting the born ninety degrees in the wrong direction. This is the first time in my life where I felt trapped, unsure of what my future held.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly, John 10:10.
The term trap refers to being corned, shut in, on the verge of being captured. This imprisoned state is where many believers find themselves, stuck in spiritual quicksand, unable to break free. Those who visit this dark place typically return from time to time, caught in a vicious cycle. Sometimes a friend will come to your rescue, able to pull you back into a community of believers. Other situations require a wrestling match, claiming the promises of God from the Bible in prayer. Unfortunately, some people never escape, deceived by the Devil or doubt, succumbing to a downward spiral of depression.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 2 Peter 1:3.
Even Jesus’ own disciples felt trapped by the worries of this life. Judas Iscariot committed suicide, overwhelmed by guilt that sealed his fate. Peter who was a spiritual rock, publicly denied knowing Jesus three times, resulting in tears and wounded ego. However, Jesus restored Peter following his resurrection in John 21:15-23. At some point, the Holy Spirit revealed to Peter that God has given us everything we need in life to overcome being ensnared and trapped by sin. Therefore, don’t lose hope like Judas and those who succumb negative voices inside their heads. Rather, reach out to Jesus so that freedom will be experienced today.
by Jay Mankus