A Lesson from the Animal Kingdom
Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 30,31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 30:24-28
The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom. Many times in Proverbs (and the Bible as a whole), dramatic imagery is used to help us understand concepts. As we conclude our time in the book of Proverbs today, we find one of these instances in our key passage. The author of chapter 30, Agur, uses the imagery of four different animals to teach us about wisdom. He says that these four animals are all small in stature, but are extremely wise. (Vs. 24) As we look at these four animals today, we find that they have much to teach us.
Ants – “Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer” (Vs. 25) – Despite their small size, ants work hard during the summer months to locate and store their food for the winter. Just as ants spend time preparing for the future, we can also spend our time preparing for the future in a number of ways. In a physical sense, we can prepare for lean times by saving during times of plenty. In a spiritual sense, we can prepare for any situation by learning to obey the Word of God.
Coneys – “coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags” (Vs. 26) – I’m not sure about you, but to understand this passage I had to check with my friend Google on a couple of these words. A coney is a rock badger and a crag is a jagged rock. Coneys choose to make their homes among the jagged rocks because of the protection they provide. God is our rock, and like the coney, we can hide in Him for our protection.
Locusts – “locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks” (Vs. 27) – Locusts are often seen in swarms as the individual members work together as a team to accomplish their goals. Like locusts, we too are part of a team – the church. When we work together with other members of the church, we will find it much easier to advance together and accomplish our goals.
Lizards (Some translations say Spiders) – “a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” (Vs. 28) – Lizards are fearless. Even though they do not deserve to be there, they live in the palaces of kings. In the same way, as followers of Christ each of us will one day live in the palace of the King of Kings in Heaven. We will not deserve to be there any more than a lizard deserves to roam the halls of a king’s palace, but we will still find our home there due to His grace. Because of God’s promises to us, we can be fearless about approaching Him and living with Him for eternity.
While at first glance it may seem that we do not have much to learn from these animals, Agur demonstrates that with a little critical thinking we can find a lesson through their example. I pray that as you read His Word, you will search for greater meaning in the imagery used, even if the sources may at first seem unlikely. The more we read and the more time we spend meditating on the Bible, the more God will show us as we grow in Him.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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