"Can papyrus grow tall where there is no
marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? While still growing and uncut,
they wither more quickly than grass. Such is the destiny of all who
forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What he trusts in is
fragile; what he relies on is a spider's web. He leans on his web, but
it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold." (Job
Have you ever tried to lean on a spider's web? If you have, you probably already know that it cannot hold you up. No. In fact, it will break with just a fraction of your weight. You can try and grab hold of it, but it does not hold your weight. Thankfully. As I write this, I am reliving a hike in the woods off of the Bruce Peninsula (between the Georgian Bay and Lake Huron) that my family and I went on last summer. I remember that the spiders had done their job well, stringing their sticking, invisible strings from tree to tree across the trail, making it necessary for my son to walk ahead holding a big stick up in front of him to break the webs before they became "stuck" to our arms and faces! Could you imagine running into an invisible web strong enough to hold you up? Yes, I am thankful that the spider webs aren't strong enough to hold our weight!
I find it very interesting how Job's friend, Bildad the Shuhite, likens the life without God's correction and without God's guidance to relying on and leaning on a spider's web. The world's wisest man tells us: Prov 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." If leaning on your own understanding is like leaning against a spider's web, then it is little wonder that Solomon warns us to not lean on our own understanding!
What are you leaning up against, my friend? The Rock that is Christ Jesus? Or the spider's web?
Love in Christ,