Kill the Spider


michael podger

Pastor Sam Crosby
San Saba First Baptist Church
July 3,2017

​My small workshop in the back yard has been plagued with spider webs. It has been necessary several times simply to take a broom and make several sweeps in key places. This morning, though, I sprayed the insecticide that will kill the spiders. Why keep sweeping webs when you can kill the spider?

​The story is told of a preacher in a country church who had a member with a routine prayer request. The man would say, “Please ask God to remove the cobwebs in my life.” The preacher complied for several months with the man’s request. Then one day after hearing the same prayer request again, the preacher paused, laid his hands on the man’s head and said, “Lord, don’t remove the cobwebs, just kill the spider.”

​Do you have any cobwebs in your life? Are there sinful habits that leave a trail of lost joy or painful regrets? Though every sin is forgiven in the Christian’s life through the blood of Jesus, there are consequences for sin. Often as Christians we tolerate sinful habits held over from our life before Christ. We justify the “little” sins that promise some small pleasure with the thought that God understands. But all sin leads to misery in some form.

​A little known scripture in the Song of Solomon speaks of the little foxes that ruin the vineyards that are in full bloom (Song of Solomon 2:15). The little foxes were destroying the tender grapes in the ripening season. The expectant fruit was lost due to small issues. Are there small foxes in your life destroying the fruit you could have born for God’s Kingdom? The Holy Spirit yearns to produce His beautiful fruit in all of our lives, yet is often stifled by the small sins that grieve His Presence and quench His work. Matthew Henry writes, “Seize the little foxes…those sins that seem little, for they often prove dangerous” (Solomon’s Song, p.1067).

​King David, the man after God’s own heart, lived with many regrets from sin in his life. He lamented the loss of joy, the shame he brought upon God, and his damaged testimony to the world (Psalms 51). He prayed, “Create in me a clean heart, O God,…” (Vs. 10). He cried to God in Psalms 139, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Vs. 24-25).

​Let God search your heart today. Be honest about every sin – however small – that you have tolerated through the years. Lay those sins at the foot of the cross and let the Lord cleanse you. Turn from those sins today, claiming the promise that you are no longer a servant to sin (Romans 6:18). Don’t just knock down the cobwebs – kill the spider!