Are We Like Monkeys?

The story has been told about how a monkey is entrapped in South India.  Actually, the technique is very simple.  A hollowed-out coconut is securely attached to a stake which is firmly driven into the ground.  To bait the trap, the villagers poke a hole in the coconut just large enough for a monkey to reach into the coconut.  Then, the coconut is partially filled with rice which entices the monkey.  Once the trap is set, a monkey freely reaches in and grabs a hand full of rice.  However, the monkey discovers a problem.  With the hand full of rice, he cannot detach his hand.  The hole is not large enough.  The trappers have discovered the monkey will not let go of the rice to free his hand.  We may laugh at the “stupid monkey”.  But, don’t we do the same thing?  We grab things in our lives that entrap us yet will not let go to be freed.

In Philippians 4:6&7, the Bible states, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Simply stated, the above verse in common language simply means, “Let go, let God and you will be freed.”  Yet, many of us consider something in our lives so enticing that we can’t let go.  We laugh at the monkey and think how silly!  The devil is laughing at us in the same way.  Let’s let go trusting God and experience His peace that passes all understanding.

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