Life has a habit of tripping us up, situations arising where people say ‘gotcha!’

Some of these life scenarios are simply annoying, like the time Garry got stuck descending from Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire:

Others are more serious, like the way the angler fish lures its prey with its inviting light…

Some situations, like the accident which killed the MAF pilot in Papua New Guinea when he flew into the Hindenberg Wall (a narrow set of mountain peaks), are fatal. The Bible makes it clear that to avoid these ‘gotcha!’ situations, we need both knowledge and wisdom (see 1 Cor 1:25, Js 1:5, Js 3:17).

The biggest trap of all is the lie that life can be lived adequately and wisely without God. Many try to do this, but Prov 1:7 reminds us that the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge. Prov 2:1-6 tells us that a search for wisdom is necessary if we are to navigate the pitfalls in life. We need first of all to be saved and then go on to live the life God has planned for us if we are to embrace true wisdom.