Pr. 17:12: “Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.”
In the heat of folly…of foolishness and sin, a fool cannot be controlled. That’s what the last part of this verse means.
What extreme danger there is in meeting a mama bear that even thinks her cubs are in danger, much less, a mama bear who has lost her cubs. We all know that spells almost certain death. Her anger cannot be controlled and she will rage against the world.
Same application applies for meeting a person whose passion has become so extreme that they are no longer in control of themselves. That passion can be anger. It could be lust. It could be dependence on anything external, really.
Can you imagine that in the midst of our passionate desires we are more irrational than a wild bear? This verse says it would better to meet an angry bear. Wow!
The first chapter in 2 Peter tells us how to escape the corruption of lust.
Starting in verse 5, we read, “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
That’s pretty self-explanatory. This advice can certainly keep us from passionate folly.
Vs. 9, “For he who lacks these things is short-sighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” That passions causes blindness. All we see is the moment. Folly, indeed. We cannot forget that we were cleansed from our old sins.
Vs. 10, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble…”
I love it! The proposed problem and the solution both presented in God’s Word for our learning. Isn’t God good? Truly He supplies all our needs.
We don’t have to be more irrational than a beast. Through diligence with God, we can develop all that we need to remain in control and increase our long-sighted vision.
Keeping the growling to a minimum,