“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7
In any camp, there are plenty of shenanigans that occur when no campers are present. On our last night, a group of staff guys decided to hike the loop around camp shirtless and shoeless. We would never let the kids do this. But Operation Ice Cream was meant to be a fun disregard of the rules since being sent home wasn’t a threat to us. However, in the middle of the hike, we saw a huge bison blocking our path. It was a steep hike to go back, too treacherous in the dark, and even more dangerous to approach an adult male bison. Suddenly, this nighttime hike without provision didn’t seem so wise. God gives us rules out of love. Often, when we decide we know a better way, we end up regretting our disregard for laws. Ignoring the wisdom of the Bible means reaping the consequences of our choices—just as I and my buddies did on that hike. God kept us safe from any serious harm beyond a few stinging cockleburs. With no protective clothing, we bushwhacked our way around the bison and learned a good lesson that night.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 119:1-48


Often God allows us to learn life lessons the hard way. But He is also faithful to seek out His lost sheep who stray too far.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 11-12
  • Psalm 13
  • Matthew 19-20