By Irvin Himmel

A pitfall is a concealed trap, a danger not easily recognized, a snare. All who travel the road of life need to be on guard.

Strong Drink is a Pitfall

Many do not realize how addictive alcoholic drinks can be. The Bible warns, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Prov. 20:1). One can fall into the trap of addiction before he is aware that he has been snared.

Dancing is a Pitfall

Couples holding each other in close embrace are strongly tempted to go further. Lust entices. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin” (James 1:14, 15). Fleshly lusts should be avoided because they “war against the soul” (1 Pet. 2:11).

Evil Companionship is a Pitfall

Many are led into wickedness by ungodly companions. “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habit” (1 Cor. 15:33, NNV). Young people are especially vulnerable to this trap. One should choose his close companions carefully and wisely.

Fault Finding is a Pitfall

Some seldom acknowledge anything good in others. They harp on what is wrong with their neighbors, acquaintances, relatives, and brethren in the Lord. They remind one of the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees.

To avoid pitfalls we must be alert. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Eph. 5:15). The devil lays snares and attempts to hide them. We need to be sober and maintain vigilance.

Guardian of Truth XL: 10 p. 23
May 16, 1996