Proverbs 1:17-19 (ESV)

17 For in vain is a net spread

in the sight of any bird,

18 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;

they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;

it takes away the life of its possessors.

God has given the birds insight so that when they see a trapper’s net, they avoid it. So the hunter must sneak up behind the birds and throw his net over their heads to capture them. But sinners aren’t as smart as the birds. They can see the bondage of their habits and practices, yet they walk right into them! How foolish! Evildoers lose their own lives to the very behaviors they have chosen to participate in. Those who are greedy for unjust gain end up with nothing in the end. Sin is always followed by consequences, and the momentary pleasures of wickedness pale in comparison to the devastating effects of ungodly living. We are faced with choices every day. Will we walk into bad behavior, or will we fly from it like the birds? What self-indulgent desires must you run from to avoid sin’s traps today?