Proverbs 30:24-28 “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.”
I have been compared to many things in my life, but none so… ‘interesting’ as the four mentioned today in Proverbs 30. God, Who is kind, merciful and gracious, says to us today; there are some of my creatures; one over 1/660th the size of you, whom I consider more wise than you.
Don’t take this truth too hard – God thinks of you and I more than the sparrows. Jesus said;
Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
So, why does God use such drastic illustrations in His Word? It grasps our attention. It causes us to think, to meditate and to vette out the reasons why. ‘Why an ant?’ you might ask. God, right away give His reason – there is a character trait He wants us to notice. It is the very reason it makes the ant, the coney (pictured above), the locust and the spider worthy of our attention.
Nature itself exhibits a reflection of God and His infinite wisdom. We will never run out of His representations, His illustrations, His object lessons and pictures of His mercy, wisdom and grace toward us. So, what is it am I trying to relate to you this morning?
Just this: God is going to use whatever it takes to find His way into my life; to permeate my thinking; to capture my attention and reveal Himself more to me. Nature is a relatable because it all around us. From the microscopic to the whale, we marvel at the intricacies of His design. But none can compare to the thought that He placed them all there for us.
If God created all we see as a way to get our attention, don’t you think we should put our phones down and pay attention? From knowing enough to prepare (the ant), to hiding ourselves in the Rock, Jesus Christ (the coney), to knowing that there is power in a unified cause (the locust), and to know that I am present with the King of Kings (the spider); you and I can draw wisdom from whatever it is we see.
As summer slowly draws the curtains closed, watch how beautifully and wonderfully she does. Autumn is the picture of how glorious death can be for the saint of God who is yielded to God’s will. All of nature knows to submit and depend on the Creator… we are His most magnificent creature – God give us the wisdom and understanding to see You in all things today!