There was a sound outside our cabin in the beautiful mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A mama bear and her triplet cubs were working to diligently try to destroy the trash containers so they could feast on the refuse. Mama was teaching her little ones some very bad habits. But not one of us inside was going to venture outside to give her counsel about the folly of teaching and training her cubs to eat from the urban and not the rural. None of us wanted to get between her and her babies. We knew it would make this bear angry, and none of us wanted to meet an angry bear.

“Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly. Evil will never leave the house

of one who pays back evil for good. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the Lord detests them both. Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it? A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction. One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble. To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.” Proverbs 17:11-21

Foolishness, senselessness, and folly are dangerous roads to be on and even hazardous for the person who runs into those who embrace them. What a blessing that God promises in James 1:5 to give us wisdom when we ask. So today, let’s ask for His abundant wisdom.

Father, I can be foolish at times. I know I can embrace folly. Please help me to remember every day to seek for Your wisdom. I am asking to be filled with the unending wisdom that comes from You.

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