From God’s word – Lessons from creatures small and wise

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By Toni Ford

The Book of Proverbs is “The Book of Wisdom” and has often been referred to as a “collection of collections.” While full of Biblical wisdom, Proverbs also raises questions of values, moral behavior, the meaning of human life and righteous conduct. King Solomon, who was the wisest, wealthiest, and most powerful man in history, wrote 29 of the book’s 31 chapters. A man named Agur (whose name means “collector”) wrote chapter 30, while King Lemuel wrote chapter 31.

In Proverbs 30, we find Agur’s collection of wise sayings. In verses 24-28, Agur uses four of the smallest creatures on earth to illustrate wisdom. These animals have not changed through present times, nor have their lessons on wisdom lost relevance.

Proverbs 30:24-28 (Passion Translation) says, “The earth has four creatures that are very small but very wise. The feeble ant has little strength, yet look how it diligently gathers its food in the summer to last throughout the winter. The delicate rock-badger is not all that strong, yet look how it makes a secure home nestled in the rocks. The locusts have no king to lead them, yet they cooperate as they move forward by bands. And the small lizard is easy to catch as it clings to the walls with its hands, yet it can be found inside a king’s palace.”

The lessons Agur shares from these creatures is still applicable for us today. Let’s look at each one.

The ant. Although extremely small and with little strength, this creature stores up its food in the summer in preparation for winter. The ant prepares ahead and works today for tomorrow. How should we be preparing spiritually, emotionally, financially and physically for the seasons ahead? Wisdom is working today in preparation for tomorrow.

The rock badger. This creature is a bit larger than a prairie dog, about the size of a groundhog. They are usually gray, the color of the rocks, which makes them very hard to see when they are sunning on a rock. When predators come, the rock badger runs into the crag or hole of a rock for protection. The one thing about rock badgers is that they know where their security lies. A rock badger knows that when it wanders away from the rock, it becomes vulnerable to the enemy. Is our security in the Lord or in things of this world? Wisdom is daily placing our security in the Lord and letting Him be our protection.

The locust. This creature is not very powerful when by itself. However, the locust knows that its power comes from being in community with other locusts. When that occurs, they are able to topple kingdoms (Revelation 9). Are we engaged and active with a community of believers? Wisdom is realizing our need for community and being active within that community.

The lizard. This creature “is easy to catch, yet it can be found inside a king’s palace.” Lizards are small and slippery and not the most beautiful creatures, yet they can be found in the presence of the king. Although there is an incongruity to this picture, the lizard represents grace. Grace is often incongruous or out of place. Where do we need to have more grace towards a person or a situation? Wisdom is seeing others through the lenses of God’s grace.

Lord, we ask you to help us learn and apply the lessons on wisdom that we have learned from the ant, rock badger, locust and lizard. Thank you for these truths that never change!

If you would like me to join you in prayer, please e-mail me at tonif77@gmail.com. I would love to pray for you!

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