First the Bait and then the Trap

The link to the video, below, some readers may find distressing. In fact, it fascinates me. It shows a Killer Whale catching a seagull by luring it into the water with a bit of old fish. It draws back, allowing the unsuspecting bird to yield to temptation, before lurching forward and catching his meal. Perhaps he was bored of fish and fancied something different. Had he offered the gull an apple or a cabbage, the bird would not have been so amenable. But for a piece of rotting fish, the gull risked his life, and lost it.

The Killer Whale was clever. He understood how the birds’ minds work. By tapping into their desire for fish, he caught one of them. It saw the bait and fell into the trap. Simple.

What’s your bait? I’ll not venture my soul for rotting fish, but I might for enough money. Or the popularity of the crowd? Or sexual pleasure? Old Nick will offer you what it takes to rob you of eternal life. I suspect that most humans sell their souls for much less than fame and fortune. Indeed, some have lost it for less than a rotting fish-head. Paul hopes

that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:26)

Don’t be snared by the delights of the eyes, the pleasures of the body, or the deceitfulness of wealth. Such things cannot last, and don’t satisfy. Look to eternity, look to Christ. When the bait comes your way, remember that the trap is close-by.