Scripture: Proverbs 5 (focus on v. 22)
Observation: When we continue to sin, we eventually get trapped and are unable to get out on our own.
Application: A few years ago, I was at H & M and headed into the dressing room with a few things, including a fitted dress. I got the dress on just fine, checked it out in the mirror, and then started to take it off. That’s about the moment I realized just how fitted it was. It was so fitted that my arm was stuck. I tried to take it off at the head opening. No luck. I tried to pull it off at the seam of the arm. No luck. I tried to suck it in and slide myself out through the bottom. No luck.
Panic ensued. I thought I would be stuck in this dress forever. Or worse, I’d have to cut it off and still pay the $24.99. The horror! Eventually, in a final heroic attempt, I took a deep breath in, popped a few stitches out in the armpit, and got it off. Success! (Also still haven’t been back to H & M since; I don’t need that kind of stress in my life.)
Have you ever been trapped? Being trapped – whether it’s in a small space, a dressing room, or a relationship – feels overwhelming, confining. Panic starts to rise in our chest as we imagine worst-case scenarios that all end with our final demise.
That’s what sin does to us. It ensnares, it traps, it refuses to let go. Here’s how the writer puts it:
“An evil man is held captive by his own sin; they are ropes that catch and hold him.” (v. 22)
When we put our faith in Jesus, we become new creations in Christ with all of the power and strength to walk away from our old sinful ways.
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7)
We aren’t captive to sin anymore!
And yet… we all have our moments, where we take our eyes off of Jesus and get pulled back in to our addictions, our bad attitudes, our shortcomings, our broken perspectives. It’s why we have to stand firm, refusing to say “yes” to the sin trap.
So, what is trying to catch you right now? What do you desire freedom from?
Ask God to release you from it in the name of Jesus. Get honest with someone else about it. And remember – you have been set free. Yes! You are free indeed.
Prayer: God, I pray you’ll help me see my sin and give me the confidence to address it. Thank you for your grace, for allowing your Son to pay the price for every one of my sins, for being a God of infinite chances. Amen.