Accept

We use cookies in order to save your preferences so we can provide a feature-rich, personalized website experience. We also use functionality from third-party vendors who may add additional cookies of their own (e.g. Analytics, Maps, Chat, etc). Read more about cookies in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you do not accept our use of Cookies, please do not use the website.

Lord Please Send More Bears!

June 30, 2018
Dr. J.B. Hixson
Lord please send more bears

Lord, Please Send More Bears!

"Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly." (Proverbs 17:12)

Bears are a normal part of life this time of year here in the mountains.  They get into our garbage, knock over our bird feeders, and they love to stir up our dog, Juneau.  As long as they are just a nuisance, bears can be pretty fun to watch.  We have captured several videos of a bear climbing up a tree or bounding away toward the river when we scare it off.  But of course, bears can be dangerous as well.

Just ask Allena Hansen, a fifty-six year-old woman from Caliente, CA.  She had an unfortunate encounter with a bear and had to endure ten hours of surgery to her face and head to repair the damage done by the mauling.  Doctors say she is lucky to be alive.

As bad as a bear mauling may sound, there is something worse.  According to the Bible, a “fool in his folly” is an even more ferocious foe.  Proverbs 17:12 cautions, “Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.”  The word picture here is a vivid one.  The only thing worse than an unfortunate encounter with a bear is an unfortunate encounter with a bear robbed of her cubs.  And the only thing worse than an unfortunate encounter with a bear robbed of her cubs is an unfortunate encounter with a fool in his folly.

In the Book of Proverbs, a “fool” represents the antithesis of God's ways, God's viewpoint, God's perspective, God's ideal.  A fool is someone who does not behave according to the normal standards of right and wrong or fairness or justice.  A fool has his own rulebook.  Motivated by pride (the seedbed of all sin), a fool will stop at nothing to achieve his purpose.  A fool is obsessed with his agenda and determined to achieve his selfish ends.  Like a bear whose single-minded purpose it to protect her cubs, a fool at the height of his folly is focused on protecting only one thing: himself.

There are, of course, degrees of foolishness.  Not all bears are killers; and not all fools are self-deceived marauders seeking to destroy anyone who gets in their way.  But left unchecked foolishness degenerates into the kind of sinful and hateful behavior that will make a bear robbed of her cubs seem like a harmless furry hamster.  That is why Proverbs warns: Watch out for a fool in his folly!

Just as you cannot talk an attacking bear out of eating you for supper, likewise there is no reasoning with a fool in his folly.  No amount of logic or rationality will convince him to correct course.  He is a fool.  He has abandoned biblical principles (if he ever had them to begin with) and is dead set on advancing his self-serving agenda, whatever it may be.

Fools bring heartache, frustration, and stress.  A good fool can ruin your day.  So what's the remedy for such an encounter?  How can you survive when a fool is pestering you?  To begin with, never forget the principle of grace.  All of us can be foolish at times.  So before picking up the pepper spray, remember to look in the mirror.  Secondly, focus on the needs of the fool.  What is causing him or her to behave this way?  Seek to encourage and graciously love them.  If the person is not a believer, share the Gospel!  God may use you to help turn a fool into a follower of Christ!  Through it all...exercise patience.

And if all else fails, when you encounter a fool in his folly, I suggest a prayer that goes something like this: “Lord, please send more bears!”  At least you have a fighting chance against the bear.


Tags: fools, folly

Subscribe

jb@notbyworks.org

Archives

2019
January 07

The Amazing Race

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is ...

2018
December 23

New Life in Christ

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been ...

2018
December 03

A Truly White Christmas

A Truly White Christmas “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as ...

2018
November 19

Thankful for the Little Things

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1) Years ago, when I was teaching full time at a Bible college, I worked with a man who was very good at ...

2018
November 14

Life Is Not a Game of Go Fish

He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. (Proverbs 27:7) My family loves to play games.  Board games, card games, group games...it doesn't matter what ...

2019 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2018 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2017 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2016 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2015 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2014 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2013 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2012 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2010 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

Full Archives