Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Four Keys of Wisdom: Part 3

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."

 Solomon begins by stating that ants are "not strong." In comparative terms this is true. After all, I can simply step on an ant and crush him! Although the ants have amazing strength. Have you ever watched an ant carrying food? I remember in Environmental Biology having to collect these tireless creatures and watch as they gathered copious amounts of food for their colony. Their tireless and strong. In fact, ants can carry ten to fifty times their own weight! More importantly Solomon want’s us to see how ants are constantly making preparation for the future. They never rest and our in constant motion. In Proverbs 6:6-8, the "sluggard" is warned to pattern himself after the ant:

 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."

 Furthermore ants are armored by a thick outer shell called the “chitin” which protects them from their surroundings and is a contributor to their overall strength.Similarly, as Christians we are told to “take unto the whole armour of God” in Ephesians 6:13.

 "...take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" Ephesians 6:13.

 Like the ant, we must constantly prepare. We must tirelessly go about the work of the Lord. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" John 9:4.

Four Keys of Wisdom Series
Part 1
Part 2

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