"Don't let your hearts stray away toward her. Don't wander down her wayward path." — Proverbs 7:25 (NLT)

We were sitting at the kitchen table having a family discussion. My grandson, Victor, showed signs of boredom, when he began to wiggle in his chair and gaze all around the room.

My husband was in the middle of a sentence, when all of a sudden, Victor jumped up from the table, and headed toward something that caught his eye.

As he crouched to the floor, to reach for the small contraption tucked in between the stove and the wall, my husband screamed, "NO!"

Victor ignored the warning. He grasped the object in the palm of his hand, and it went off with a loud snap. Immediately, he dropped it and jumped back, wide-eyed and shaken by the incident. Fortunately, his small hand was unharmed by the mousetrap which had sprung in it.

We are so much like that precious, inquisitive child when it comes to our investigation of sin.

Proverbs, a text in the Bible, was written by the wise King Solomon to warn his son of the evil trapping of sin. The king was aware of the fact that a man's eyesight, in combination with his vivid imagination, stir his desire to taste, and touch the things that are tempting him— just as my grandson felt he had to touch that mousetrap.

This loving father informed his son that the wisdom revealed in this text would give him instruction for life's issues, and provide protection from the harmful consequences of ignorance.

The wisdom the king offered his son in these proverbs was God's wisdom.

God promises us benefits if we close the door to sin in our life. The greatest benefit is that we can save ourselves from the painful consequences it brings. By making wise choices we will move toward an abundant way of living.

Annettee Budzban