Thursday, December 5, 2019

Proverbs 1:16-18 -- On Laying Traps for Ourselves

"For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives."
Proverbs 1:16-18


This is interesting, because it seems to be saying that the evil make plans to harm themselves.  And although we focus a lot on what evil does to other people, in the end God is going to solve things for those other people as part of the atonement and drawing all people to him, healing all wounds, and righting all wrongs.  However, if we brought evil on ourselves, freely choosing it and refusing to repent... that not only changes us as we make those choices, making it easier to do more evil and harder to feel the pull of the spirit, but that evil is going to stick to us, endangering what we might have wanted for ourselves eternally.

Today, let's realize that everything we do is building who we are, and affecting us greatly.  Let's choose to make choices that will bring us closer to God and farther from evil.  Let's not harm ourselves by seeking to harm others or in doing any other kind of evil... let's realize that it is a Satanic trap meant to tempt us to destroy our own souls, and stay well clear.

And if we have done or been evil in the past, let's leave that in the past and change who we are now.  Let's repent and do good and be better, trusting that God will forgive us as we change our ways. :)

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