Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
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).