I’m not a bad guy…but as a talker, I understand how people can get trapped by their own words! I’m always having to man-up to stupid stuff I’ve said.
So, while our words can be embarrassing for any of us, the “sinful talk” of “evildoers” really gets them in trouble. Yet, their real problem is neither what they do — evil-doers — or what they say!
At their core is inappropriate motives and attitudes. In the Bible, people aren’t bad because of what they do but because of their darkened hearts.
But, of course, I don’t have to be that guy or gal!
This verse also mentions “the innocent.” An appropriate translation, it’s the standard word for “the righteous” — one whose life’s in harmony with God’s standard. But this standard isn’t focused on actions, either. Again it’s heart attitudes!
So one gets “trapped” by their own words, the other “escapes trouble.” Such an escape comes either as the good consequences of their own life-choices or by the supernatural intervention of the Almighty (who isn’t actually mentioned in this verse – but is always there and cares).
Throughout the Bible, the difference between these two characters is simply their world-view. One has ruled God in, the other has ruled Him out.
If God is who He says He is, He’s got the most wonderful plan for our lives. At that point, we simply decide to accept the plan or not. Both the “evildoer” and the “innocent” of this verse did.
It’s pretty simple:
1. Admit I can’t get it done on my own;
2. Believe He can do for me what I can’t do for myself;
3. Then let Him do it for me what I can’t do for myself
I Can’t, He Can, So Let Him!