Lessons from the Spider – a hypocrite’s hope

Spider'sWebThe spider is mentioned a few times in the Bible. In one account, it is listed as a creature that is found in the palaces of kings (as may be evident by their cobwebs), but there is one reference to the spider in the Bible which needs special attention. It is found in Job 8:13-14   which states that the hope of hypocrites and the path of those who forget God is akin to a hope that is as frail as a spider’s web.

Think about that for a moment. It is not a question of where our hope lies but who we are as we hope.
Question 1 – Are we those who have forgotten God?
While many of us may not fall into this category, the lives we live, many times seem to be like those who have forgotten God.
Question 2 – Are we hypocrites?
Before you get upset at me for asking that question, please be assured that I am asking myself that same question and sadly, the answer is not something that I can be proud of.  Many a times, we profess to be followers of Christ Jesus but deny that claim with the way we live.

Now if we are like those that have forgotten God or we are hypocritical, then lets remind ourselves that our hope is as if we have trusted ourselves on the strength of a spider’s web. Not very strong, huh? The image in this post is of a picture I shot in India. See how frail the spider’s web is.

The spider (and its web) reminds us that we should not forgot God or that we should not live hypocritical lives. It reminds us that we should trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding and in all our ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6). Would you trust in something as frail as a spider’s web or would you rather trust in God (you decide …).

Job 8:13-14 (KJV)
So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
14Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.