For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. - Proverbs 5:21-23
I hate to be too much of a black and white guy, but when it comes to the ways of the world there are only two ways – there is God’s way and there is man’s way. These two ways could not be much more divergent. One is high above the other. One is based on the perfect creator God and one is based on sin cursed man in a broken world full of broken people.
Man’s way is described here. Man’s way entraps him in his own sins. He traps him the cords of his sin. It is the way of death. It always leads man astray.
And it is all laid out before God.
And then He offers His way of truth and righteousness and love and justice and peace. His way does not mean we escape this broken world – His way provides a safe way through it.
Man’s way is without hope – God’s way provides the only hope.