An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, October 17, 2011

No Bear Hugs

(Proverbs 17:12 KJV)  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

We can chose when and where we “meet” (6298) certain types of people.  Other times we have no control.  This is giving us a warning for both experiences. 

First, beware of how dangerous fools are and don’t think that the measure of a fool is their status.  We have lots of fools in charge of things.  Remember such secular observations as the Peter Principle and the Dilbert Principle.  The Peter Principle says people are promoted to their level of incompetence.  The Dilbert Principle, if my memory serves me, says that people are promoted to the level at which they can do the most harm.  Out of the mouths of babes....

We are to avoid the “fool” (3684) if we can.  This is hard to do when the fool is your boss.  In that case I think the idea might be to stop trying to teach or help the fool.  Do not get involved any more than is necessary.

So?  Be aware of the danger.  Be aware that you can’t avoid it totally.  Seek wisdom and respond with love.  The grace of God will be sufficient.

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