A thief overlooked a crucial detail in his plans for a getaway. According to police, the suspect approached an occupied car, pulled open the door, and tried to rob the driver. When the driver resisted, the thief ran to the other end of the parking lot where his car was parked. When the robber got there, though, he discovered a problem: His keys were locked in the car! Within minutes he was captured.

The prophet Jeremiah said that people who try to profit by doing wrong end up being fools (17:11). Their own actions rule out the possibility of an escape. They fail to see that the trouble with doing wrong is that it never turns out right. Jeremiah put it like this: “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (v.10).

Why do we add foolishness to foolishness by thinking we can get away with wrongdoing? It makes so much more sense to trust in the Lord (v.7) and seek His mercy. To keep relying on ourselves only leads to the discovery of details we had overlooked in our attempt to escape undetected.

The best plan for our lives is to take God at His Word and always do what’s right. Only then will we have a life with no regrets.