“…and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
August 6, 2020
I’ve heard it told that in the South Sea islands, they catch monkeys by taking a coconut, making a hole in the top, and putting a handful of rice in. A monkey will reach his paw in, take the rice; but then his fist is bigger than the hole, and he can’t withdraw it. Now, when the captor comes, the monkey will scream and plead; but he’ll never let go of the rice.
You say, “Foolish monkey!” Yet are you a foolish person who will not relinquish the sin you’re clinging to, that you might have the blessings of God? Foolish person, taken captive by Satan, who will not have power with God because of some handful of rice—some sin, some habit, some grudge—that you hold onto.
What sin is holding you captive? Let go of it. Relinquish the sin you’re clinging to.