Wednesday, November 08, 2017
For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths. The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
God is sovereign—a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord. So it is that God is at work in our lives just as surely when we go astray in sin as when we walk with Him in truth.
That’s the message here. The context is sexual sin, but the warning is universal: The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him (v. 22a). God Himself sets the trap—using our own sin as the cage, the door, the lever, and the bait! God has built bad consequences into bad choices. Suetonius tells us that even a sociopath like Nero suffered unbearable guilt for the rest of his life after arranging the murder of his mother!
God takes no delight in our miseries, but He is not a cosmic enabler. He traps us with our sin to awaken us, to teach us, to break us, to turn us back to Him. How else could He get our attention? If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness (Is. 26:10).
Think of David. When he watched Bathsheba, God was watching him. And when he nursed his lust into full-blown adultery, he fell into a trap—he was held fast in the cords of sin (v.22b). Like a fish in a net, he struggled to get free—you know the shameful story (2 Sam. 11)—but God saw it all, and the thing David had done displeased the Lord (2 Sam. 1:27). Snared, trapped, entangled in his sin, David came clean (2 Sam. 12:13), plead for mercy (Ps. 51:1-2), and got his life back again (Ps. 32:5-7).
When you are caught in the trap of your own sin, remember that God sets the trap for your good! Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Ps. 51:2).
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