What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web.
They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
After reading Job 8, I decided to do an object lesson with my kids. (Fellow moms, grandmas, Sunday School teachers, try this one out this Halloween! You can make every holiday—even Halloween—about Jesus!)
We spread some cotton batting across the living room entryway and carefully placed a plastic spider in the middle for extra creepiness. Then, to ruin the effect but increase the safety factor, I added an air mattress to cushion their fall. (I am not that fun of a mom. But hey, I did put a black sheet over it to stay in theme!)
While admiring our handiwork, we talked about Job. He was hurting so deeply, and in Job 8 his friends were trying to help him by telling him to trust in God. They said that those people who choose to ignore or forget about God will lose all of their hope.
In our most serious voices, we read the spider web part in verses 14&15:
What they trust in is fragile;
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
They lean on the web, but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.
And then, of course, I let them lean. This is like the opposite of a Trust Fall—it’s a Don’t Trust Fall!
After much web re-setting and falling, I asked the kids: What things do people trust in that are like spider webs? They said things like:
- Their money
- Their houses
- Their stuff
- Bad friends
- Themselves (their own judgement)
Essentially, other people and things can all fall apart like spider webs. But our God is a Rock.
One of my favorite verses, Proverbs 14:8, tells us that “the wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways.”
So I asked them, and I ask you: Have you been leaning on any spider webs?
Is there something you’ve been waiting on for happiness (i.e., once I get this thing, then I’ll be happy)? When you’re upset, are you telling a friend your woes before you talk to God about them? Are you storing up stuff to hedge against an uncertain future? Then I’d wager that you’re cluttering up your own spirit with a feeling of free fall.
Lean on The Rock: Choose contentment.
Lean on The Rock: Go to Jesus first.
Lean on The Rock: Trust Him with your future.
How can you choose to lean on The Rock today?
Take the Challenge:
Try leaning on a spiderweb! Then go oldschool and put a rock in your pocket this week. Let it remind you not to lean on spiderwebs, but to put your faith in the Solid Rock.
You may want to encourage your kids to take this challenge with you and talk about it at dinnertime! And please tell me how it goes…
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