James 1:14 ~ But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
It was only my second time hunting like this. As the sun was coming up we were dragging bundles of dozens of decoys from the boat through thigh deep water to the point of a small island covered in mangroves. I was about to learn some lessons on duck hunting.
The first morning out on the east coast of Texas was the start of my education of decoying ducks on water. I had hunted fields in NW Minnesota with a friend and saw ducks fall into the field by the hundreds each morning and evening. Now we were setting up decoys to try to get the redheads, pin-tails and other ducks to land in the water, right in front of our blind.
With each pass of ducks, the unofficial guide of our group questioned the placement of his decoys and every so often he would wade out into the water and reposition them to make them more attractive to the ducks. Eventually it worked and the ducks began flying right into where we wanted them… and they paid the price. Without decoys and a good setup we would not have been successful.
Decoys and decoying along with calling are the most important way to be successful at a lot of hunting. Ducks, geese, turkeys, elk, deer, coyotes and many other animals are susceptible to decoys and calls and when they come to them it usually means trouble.
Decoy and decoying are defined in those way…
- an enclosed space or large trap, often with a wide funneled entrance, into which game can be lured for capture or shot
- A living or artificial bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within shooting range.
- A means used to mislead or lead someone into danger.
Humans have been decoyed into danger and sin since the beginning of time. The serpent in Genesis 3 approached Eve at the tree of knowledge and used the beautiful fruit and a lie to entice Adam and Eve to commit the first sin. Since that time Satan has used enticing decoys to draw us into sin. He knows the weaknesses that we have and knows exactly how to place the decoys to lure us away from what is right and into his trap. But we don’t have to go.
It’s frustrating at times when duck hunting when the ducks are getting close to your decoys and they see something wrong. For ducks and geese it’s called “flaring”, when they turn away before they commit to coming to the decoys. For you and I it’s called discernment. We can pray for better discernment in our lives to see when a decoy or a trap is coming. God will show us what to avoid in life if we allow Him and follow Him closely.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul explains that God provides a way for us to avoid the decoys…
“13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
Keep your eyes open, avoid the decoys, the traps and the calls of Satan and you will be blessed and if you find yourself being drawn in by the decoys, “flare” and stay out of range of Satan’s grasp.
Written by: Dean Hulce
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