Author: Sarah Roberson
It’s been said that of all the wild beasts, a momma bear is the fiercest. Several years back on a Jr. & Sr. Leadership Retreat for the youth ministry, we led the students on a beautiful hike to the top of a waterfall in the mountains of New Mexico. After reaching our destination and taking in the beauty that was before us, Trent began to speak to group about a topic that for the life of me I could not tell you about.
As Trent reached the climax of his lesson, one of the students in a calm yet stern voice said, “Trent, shut up and turn around!” What stood behind Trent terrified us: a momma bear and her two cubs! The last thing you want to encounter on a hike! Nothing compares to the fury of a momma bear separated from her cubs. Even being in the proximity of the bear and her cubs had us terrified. Proverb 17:12 compares the danger of a fool to that of a momma bear separated from her cub and describes it as being worse! Now that’s an extreme comparison!
So what makes one a fool and how do we keep from becoming the fool? Throughout scripture a fool is never described as someone who lacks intelligence or social status, but rather someone who opts not to obey God’s plan and teachings. Unfortunately, fools surround us and sometimes we encounter them in our own mirrors. The Proverb challenges us to pursue wisdom and obey God and to avoid the path of the fool due to the danger that exists in his path.
The Proverb leads me to reflect on 2 questions:
- Are there areas in my life in which I’m the fool?
- How do I avoid the fools path?