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Small but Wise Creatures

Scripture reading for July 13th: Proverbs 30-31

The last two chapters of Proverbs are written by obscure authors.  Agur was believed to be a wise teacher who lived in the kingdom of Massa under King Lemuel. (from notes in Life Application Study Bible)  King Lemuel wrote down sayings from his wise mother and wrote Proverbs 31 while Agur wrote Proverbs 30.  Agur taught wisdom in sayings about “two’s”, “three’s”, and “four’s”.

“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:  Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; coneys are creatures of little power, yet the make their home in the crags; locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” (Proverbs 30:24-28)

Ants are found almost everywhere.  They are extremely small and are never still.  You can find them moving some heavy loads when it is hot in the summer.  They are busy preparing for the cold winter season.  This is a lesson to us to be working while there is time and opportunity.  The time is coming when no man can work.  It is well to have preparations made for those times.

Coney’s are probably a type of rock badger.  They are not very big and could be vulnerable to predators.  They are considered wise by the author because of where they chose to live and hide.  They make their homes in the crags–cracks in the rocks where other animals or humans have a hard time reaching them.  Wise men learn to live in the refuge of God their Rock who shelters them from predators and evil.  If only we could learn from these small creatures!

The locusts are insects that appear to have no leader, yet they work together for protection and advancement.  These insects can systematically devour every green plant as they move through the land.  Man, however, acts unwisely by doing things alone and refuses to cooperate with others to move forward.   Even those who claim God as their King often refuse to be in the ranks of His army!

Lizards are fearless and go where they please without respect of persons.  They are resourceful and can squeeze into tight places.  They can be caught by men but do not fear them.  Can you learn from the small and wise?

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