In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
What a proverb! Some go through life falling into this trouble and then that trouble, and others go through life happily singing! What makes the difference? Surely such wisdom is worth your time and attention! You can have a disastrous life with pain and problems, or you can have a wonderful life filled with joy and happiness. Which do you prefer?
An evil man chooses to transgress against a commandment of God. He wants to do things his own way. He has no regard or respect for the word of God. He is in love with his own thoughts. He believes he can get away with his sin. He is convinced that he can find happiness by sinning. He confidently rejects wisdom to choose the path of fools.
But he is deceived! For every sin has a snare! There is an unseen trap to punish him for rebellion against God. Though he did not see it when he chose to sin, the rusty claws of the trap will suddenly spring shut on his life! Then he will feel the painful results of a foolish choice (Ps 36:2). And he despises the only way out of the trap, full repentance!
A man marries a beautiful woman who does not fear God. Is there a snare? He must live with an odious woman the rest of his life! A woman defrauds her husband of daily sex. Is there a snare? She must live with a bitter husband the rest of her life. A man discreetly visits a whore. Is there a snare? He contracts an STD! A lazy father neglects child training. Is there a snare? A rebellious child crushes his heart and shames the family!
But the righteous man lives a holy life. He carefully lives in obedience to all God's commandments. He trembles before the word of God, and he quickly confesses any sins; and his merciful heavenly Father restores his spirit. His conscience is pure and confident. His soul is full of pleasure now and with great hope for the future. He sings with joy!
Pleasure is the fruit of holiness. The holy life is safe from harm, free from guilt, free from trouble. There are no snares in doing right, no vexing remorse or painful consequences. There is no smitten conscience or hypocritical quandary. The righteous man has a feast every day (Pr 3:17; 15:15)! And he knows even greater blessings are coming at death!
Ah, reader! Do you understand? Have you seen troubled and painful lives? Have you been troubled yourself? It is your fault! You chose to transgress, and the snare of sin caught you! There is a snare in every sin! Stop sinning, and you can recover your tranquility (Pr 11:6; 12:13). Where are you cheating the Lord? The trap is ready to spring! Let the righteous man joyfully sing, for his life is blessed and his future even better!