Note: a post for Proverbs 22:4 was never published the first time around. It’s a great verse, so would anyone else like to give it a shot? – Anthony
Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. – NLT
People who drink and drive should expect problems down the road. People who use illegal drugs should expect problems, also. Why is it, then, when these people get caught, harassed, or arrested by law enforcement, they blame the whole thing on the police?
Recently a man’s dog was shot and killed. After seeing his owner arrested for mouthing off to machine gun-toting policemen who had surrounded the house of a criminal, the 80 pound Rottweiler decided to attack. What was the arresting officer supposed to do but defend himself? Yet, the community where this happened is calling for the policeman to be punished. Why? Because a fool who couldn’t keep his foolish mouth shut forgot to restrain his killer dog?
Taking a Different Path
The simple fact that Solomon is teaching is that if one wants to avoid the pain and suffering of thorns and snares, take a different path.
The above story reminds me of something that happened to me years ago. One night our German Shepherd was acting like a stranger was close by. There had been some suspicious activity down the street already, so I took my shotgun (we lived out in the county) and walked with my dog through the shadows around our house over toward the street. Just before we came out of the shadows, I saw six policemen with M-16 assault rifles walking in my direction. Little did I know they were looking for a criminal who had just shot at another policeman.
My heart nearly stopped. “Oh God…please don’t let them see me…for the love of all that’s holy, dog, pleeeeezzzzz don’t bark…”
The dog stayed silent – I took a different path – and we both survived.
- “Snares And Nets” (precioussheepofrenown.wordpress.com)
- Hawthorne Officers Involved With Rottweiler Killing Reassigned Due To Death Threats (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- California police kill Rottweiler in videotaped shooting (thestar.com)