Proverbs 2:10-11, 16-19
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
-The Bible teaches that “a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Proverbs 24:16) This tells me two things: 1) We are all going to fall; you may not want to and I may not either but it’s going to happen. More than once. 2) If you fall is not nearly as important as where you fall. The just and the wicked both fell but only the just man got back up. Why? Because the wicked man had fallen into mischief and became “snared in the work of his own hands”. (Psalm 9:16) Like stepping on a bear trap in the woods, sin does more than trip you, it takes hold of you. Consider Lot in Genesis 13:12; the Bible tells us that he “pitched his tent toward Sodom.” He set his course towards iniquity and the eventual fall “vexed his righteous soul.” (2 Peter 2:8) Consider the “strange woman” here in Proverbs 2; “none that go unto her return again” because her house inclines toward death. Every day the Lord sets before us “life and good, and death and evil” (Deuteronomy 30:15). Every choice we make will either steer us towards God or away from Him. Before the next time we fall, we need to stop and ask one question; “which way am I leaning?”