Today we are going to learn wisdom from the smallest of God’s creatures.
In the Book of Proverbs, attributed to King Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, there is a short passage of proverbs written by Agur, son of Jaked. Read chapter 30 of Proverbs; it has many interesting observations. Today we will concentrate on four small creatures that are extremely wise: ants, rock badgers, locust and lizards. (Wisdom taken from Proverbs 30:24-28.)
The ants. We don’t like to have them on the kitchen counter, at least I don’t. Some year ago the summers were a pain because those little creatures would invade my kitchen. But I have to give them credit for their handicraft. Have you ever taken the time to observe how diligent they are?
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
The little ants can teach us great wisdom. They prepare for tomorrow. They don’t lay around and wait for a hand-out. Yes, they will raid my kitchen but they will do it in an orderly fashion to store up provisions for the winter.
Solomon said, “Consider its ways and be wise!”
The most important preparation for the future is to be ready for Jesus’ return. Have you made peace with God? Are you ready any minute to meet your Maker?
Let the ants teach you some wisdom. They store up provisions in the summer. Are you taking the time to store up treasures in heaven? Nothing of what we accumulate here is going with us, but by faithful service to Jesus the King we can send “treasures” on ahead. Let’s have the mindset of preparing for our future in heaven.
The rock badgers. Also known as hyraxes, coneys or marmots. “Vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes” (The Message).
Then the LORD said [to Moses], “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
Can you picture Moses in a cleft in the rock, covered with God’s hand? The Bible has many references to the Lord as the Rock.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
Trust Him! While you are making preparations for the future, sending up your treasures to a place where no thief can snatch them away, take refuge in The Rock. “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand” are the lyrics of a song. Do you know it? Sing it!
Learn from the rock badgers, make yourself a rock-solid home, in The Rock!
The locust. They are leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment. “They advance together in ranks” (NIV). What can we learn from the locust. The locust knowd the strength of numbers; they band together to survive attacks and storms.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
Unity! Harmony! Agreement! Accord! Brothers and sisters, we are going to spend eternity together. We might as well start getting used to living in unity! That’s the wisdom we can take away from the locust.
Here’s a limerick I came across recently:
There once were two cats of Killkenny.
Each thought there was one cat too many.
They fought and they spit,
They clawed and they bit.
Till instead of two cats there weren’t any!
That sounds a bit like what James wrote (4:1-3):
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
The purpose of Jesus, our Prince of Peace, was that we all might be ONE. His prayer in John chapter 17, is for unity among his chose people, those who are (hopefully) storing up treasures in heaven.
The lizards. “Easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards” (The Message). What wisdom shall we take way from the lizards? To be persistent? To be faithful? To not give up?
I lived in Florida a few years. We had lizards! They were not easy to catch and they snuck in the house. The Bible text says they’re found in kings’ palaces. If we don’t give up, one day we’ll have our own mansion. Jesus said that in his Father’s House are many mansion and that he would go ahead to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-4).
Let’s be diligent as the ants, find a rock-solid home in Jesus the Rock, live in unity as the locust, and find our way to the King’s palace, like a little lizard.
Even small wonders can teach extreme wisdom!