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”Now Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. So Saul said, “I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” I Samuel 18:20-21 NKJV

A snare is a lure, a trap used to capture small animals such as foxes or birds considered harmful to property or farms. Biblically, every time a snare is mentioned, it metaphorically points to something that brings unexpected evil or a perplexity that may lead a child of God into sin/ compromise — just as a trap for animals initially has something the animal likes.

In our theme scripture, Saul’s jealousy against David’s fame and favor had superseded the norm that he was willing to give him his daughter in marriage as a way to kindle his enemy’s (the philistines) anger and direct it to David who now had the princess for a wife.

Saul reasoned that because the philistines were out to get him, they would avenge themselves on the soldier he lavished on the favor to marry his daughter as a way to get to him. Not only that, the blood of David wouldn’t be accounted for to him, since he’d have been a man fallen to war.

Today, many believers don’t understand that Satan places snares for you to be trapped exactly as would a fox or mouse. One of the areas he has been most successful with this strategy is marriage, getting daughters and sons of God to compromise in unequally yoked unions with the hope to change their spouse.

The snare might not be a death, it might not even be a dramatic loss that looks like heaven judged you, but you place yourself on a path of slow but sure destruction. Your stagnate where you should progress, you are anxious where you should be bold, you strive for things that should have responded to you swiftly because unlike any other covenant, marriage makes two, one flesh (Mark 10:8).

There are only two kingdoms to serve, the kingdom of light or darkness. Whether you are a high level sorcerer or a mere agnostic, you serve the prince of this world. When you have confessed Christ as Lord and savior, the covering that vindicates you is incorruptible whether you are unserious and disobedient towards God because he does not deny himself, even in our faithlessness(2 Timothy 2:13).

Coming into such a union therefore is an attempt to merge these two kingdoms yet scripture is clear you cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24) and light and darkness cannot fellowship (2 Corinthians 6:14). Therefore, child of God if you are unmarried, seek your God with humility and honesty and receive his counsel.

Marriage is a ministry that only God has the authority to ordain one as shepherd and another as flock. Be not ensnared by the virtual realities and dainties that appear good as did the tree in the garden (Genesis 3:6). She saw the fruit, but every tree comes with its roots and branches. Selah!

Prayer: Father I thank you for this truth. I understand my responsibility to pass on faith to the next generations and I know such a task cannot be accomplished unless two agree about you (Amos 3:3). Only you know the beginning from the end, and I trust unwaveringly in your judgement which perfects all that concerns me. Give the eyes of my heart understanding, that I may not err and alter the dainties of the goodness and mercy designed to follow me, in Jesus name.


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