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Small but Wise

Ants
 
Ants are small but wise (Proverbs 30:24-25). Why? They are not strong but they prepare their food in the summer. I realize that an ant can pick up several times its own weight but compared to a human an ant is not very strong. I want us to learn two lessons from this small but wise animal. First, ants work. I was at the zoo the other day and watched some leaf cutter ants. It was amazing watching them work. God has always seen the value in honest work. God gave Adam work (Genesis 2:15) and still commands us to work (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12). The second lesson I want us to learn from the ant is the value of preparation. The ant prepares during the summer so it will have food in the winter (Proverbs 6:6-11). We understand the value of being prepared when we buy insurance for our home or milk when snow is forecasted. What about spiritually? Are you prepared to meet God? Heaven is a prepared place (John 14:2-3) for a prepared people. Just ask the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. You will face judgment (Hebrews 9:27); are you prepared? Do not put it off. Let us help you prepare.
 
 
Shephanim
 
Shephanim or conies (KJV) are not a mighty people but they make their homes in the rocks (Proverbs 30:26). Like last week, what are some lessons that can be learned from these small but wise creatures? God has made some great defenses like turtles with shells, porcupines with quills, and bears with teeth and claws. Sometimes the best defense, though, is knowing your limits. I like meerkats. They are smart enough to know nothing is scared of them and to hide when danger comes. That is like the Shephanim. When danger comes, they retreat into the rocks. Have you ever tried to catch something hiding in rocks? It is hard to do. The rocks provide an excellent defense. What do you do when troubles hit your life? If the troubles are sins, I hope you, like Joseph, flee from them and turn to God (Genesis 39:12). In any trouble you should turn to God. We think we are big enough, smart enough, or strong enough and can handle it, but we just make it worse. Turn to the rock, God (Psalm 18:2; 31:3; 71:3; 94:22, etc.). Turn to Him by praying, reading His word, being obedient and remembering God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13).
 
Locusts
 
Locusts are small but wise because even though they have no king they go out in ranks (Proverbs 30:24-27). When I think of locusts I think of grasshoppers. No one is scared of a single grasshopper. What could a single grasshopper do? But when they multiply you have a problem. We have seen or heard the results of a swarm of locusts that have moved through and eaten all the vegetation in their path, and that frightens me. Nothing gives the locusts orders; they have no king. We see the importance of leadership with a president, CEO, general. Without a leader there would be very little unity because everyone would do what was right in their own eyes. Unity has the ability to accomplish great things. United we will stand and divided we will fall. The Bible must be the standard for unity because it is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16). It cannot be what I want or like, what this person says or does, or this group or book teaches. People can be flawed in their thinking (Proverbs 14:12). We must be united in the Bible. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1)!
 
Lizard
 
The lizard or spider (KJV) is small. In fact, you can catch it in your hand but it can be found in king’s palaces (Proverbs 30:24-28). The lizard teaches us some valuable lessons on perseverance and using your talents. I think we have all had times in our jobs or in our Christian walk when we were tired or frustrated and we wish we could just quit. We must keep on keeping on (Galatians 6:9; 1 Corinthians 15:58). If we want the mountain tops of tomorrow, we must travel through the valleys of today. The lizard does not get discouraged by the insurmountable walls of the king’s palace but takes it one step at a time and uses its abilities to get to where it is going. I do not believe that there are talentless people in this world (Matthew 25:14-30). I believe that is an excuse to do nothing. Too many people focus on what they cannot do and do not focus on what they can do. You do not see lizards crying and moaning about not being able to fly. They use what talents they have. What are your talents and how are you going to use them to glorify God according to His Word?



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