Read Proverbs 5
Focus on verse 3-4
Anyone who has ever set a trap knows that the trap is only as effective as the bait that will lure whatever it is that is being trapped into the trap. Although the stereotypical bait used to catch mice has always been cheese, in my experience peanut butter has been more effective. A pretty sure way to trap a wasp is to use sugar water. If you want to trap a prowoman… chocolate or perhaps new shoes might work, and of course nothing traps a man more effectively than an attractive woman.
This chapter of Proverbs contains a very specific warning to young men regarding specifically this weakness. “For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.” (v. 3-4) The writer, presumably King Solomon, then goes on to warn all young men of what happens to those who fall for the bait and get caught in the trap. Here is a short summary:
- Your honor is lost.
- Strangers will have access to your strength
- All that you worked for will go to someone else
- You will live out the rest of your years in pain and regret
This list makes it look like a dismally hopeless existence for anyone who happens to choose this path, and realistically it seems a fairly accurate list. Fortunately however, the Lord has not left those of us who may have fallen for this trap without hope. There is always hope when Jesus Christ is invited into the mess we so often make of our lives. As we learn to leave behind the selfish thinking that led us into the trap, and submit ourselves to Jesus and choose to walk with Him, He begins to restore and redeem us as He heals the hurts and wounds that we carry as a result of having been trapped. The scars that remain are there to remind us not only of what He has saved us from, but of the fact that Jesus also bears scars on His hands, feet and side which remind us of what it cost Him to redeem us.
While there is hope and freedom to be found again after becoming a victim of this kind of trap, we can never know what could have been if we had heeded the warning and avoided the trap. If you by chance are reading this and have not yet fallen for this trap, let it be an encouragement to you to continue to be vigilant to avoid it. For those for whom it is too late to avoid it, please know that you do not have to remain in the trap. There is freedom and redemption available through the power of Holy Spirit and a relationship with Jesus.