“He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; But he that perverteth his ways shall be known.”
(Prov. 10:9 ASV)
According to some sources, Asian villagers capture a monkey by placing fruit in a vase or other container. The monkey sticks his hand in the container to grab a banana, but when he tries to pull it out, he gets stuck. There isn’t enough room for the monkey to get both his hand and the fruit past the opening. If the monkey were to let go, he could easily extract his hand, but refusing to let go, the animal is trapped by his own greed.
That’s a lesson for us. When we refuse to let go of the very thing that traps us and prevents us from going forward, we’re not acting any smarter than the monkey. Life is full of traps, but you can avoid the snares that could leave you with lasting regret. Following God will ultimately lead you to safety.