♥ Heart Issues ♥ - a Devotional for Women

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23
Heart Issues is a collection of devotional teachings straight from the heart of God, given during those quiet times of fellowship, to share with you.  It is our desire that, through them, you will experience God’s love and His purpose for your life.            


In Sabbath School this weekend, our teacher mentioned a “monkey trap.”  Not sure why anyone would want to trap a monkey, but just in case, I had to find out more about this oddity.  What I found was a little different than the one described in our lesson, but the principle is still the same. 

If you *are* needing to trap a monkey, it seems the most effective method is to put a banana in a jar.  Now the key to its success is to be sure the opening of the jar is just large enough for the monkey’s hand and arm to reach into it.  Apparently, since monkeys are known to be such curious creatures - and we all know that monkeys love bananas - no monkey will resist a banana, even if it’s in a jar.

The theory is that the monkey will reach into the jar, grab hold of the fruit, and attempt to pull his arm back out.  Except… the opening of the jar is only big enough for his arm and hand, not a hand clutching a banana.

It seems, while we are always told how smart monkeys are supposed to be, they are not smart enough to let go of the banana.  They apparently insist on keeping a grip on the food.  So now you have a monkey so focused on trying to get his arm out of the jar so he can eat the delicious looking banana that  we can sneak up behind him and grab him!  Of course we have also gained a jar and a banana, but at least we have the monkey!

As silly as all this sounds, there is a wonderful spiritual lesson to be learned from the monkey.  How many times have we been so focused on something we think we must have, refusing to let go of it regardless of the struggle we are going to have to go through in order to get it, that we are easy prey for the enemy to sneak up from behind and grab us!  I’m guessing we’d all have to admit we have done it - more often than we might care to admit!

The things of the world can be so attractive.  Just like a banana in a jar.  We don’t think about the price we will have to pay to get it.  We just know we want it.  Nor do we stop to think about why our desires are “in a jar,” nor why we must put our “arm and hand” into the “jar” to get it.  In our frenzy to retrieve the treasure we fail to notice the enemy lurking about.  And once we realize his whole plan was to “trap” us, it’s too late.  We have been snared.

1 Peter 5:8 warns us to “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  No matter how delicious that “banana” looks, it could be the very trap the enemy will use to trap you.  Always seek God and His wisdom before you put your “hand and arm in a jar.”  Remember, the treasure God has stored up for His children are far greater than anything the enemy could offer - and without the danger (Matthew 6:19-20).

From God’s heart to ours…..