Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Four Keys of Wisdom: Part 4

Sorry for the lack of post, the past week has been difficult at best with illness and a family emergency. Although God provided and covered us with His healing strength and power. I can only be humbled by His timing and how He works in our lives. Today I wanted to finish up my Four Keys of Wisdom series. This devotional came at the right time and could not be more true. Enjoy!

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."

"Conies are rock dwelling rabbits. They are only mentioned two other times in the Bible. Leviticus 11:5 marks them as unclean animals under the Old Law. Psalms 104:18 simply states that they take refuge in the rocks. Going back to Proverbs 30:26, we also learn that conies are feeble creatures.
The conies are considered wise because they take refuge in the rocks. A refuge is a safe place. The conies use the rocks as a fortress to protect themselves from predators. The rocks give these feeble animals strength and utilizing that strength is their wisdom.
We, being feeble creatures, must also be weary of predators. In 1 Peter 5:8 Satan is likened to a roaring lion searching for someone to devour. That text also identifies him as our enemy. We must be watching for our enemy's advances. Matthew 26:41 says to watch and pray so not to enter into temptation. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
We, being feeble, need the strength of the Rock to protect us from Satan. Christ is that Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4). Christ is also referred to as a Corner Stone (Ephesians 2:20), the base for which all other stones are laid. Jesus likens those that follow him to a man that builds his house on a rock foundation. Those that do not follow are likened to a man building his house on sand. The solid rock foundation supports the house as Christ supports us. The other house, however, collapses onto the sand when the storm of temptation comes (Matthew 7:24-27). If we build our lives on and take refuge in Christ, the solid Rock and Foundation, we will stand strong when the storms of temptation come. We will still, however, face temptations and have the choice to fall or to stand firm. Christ is our Rock, our Foundation, our Refuge and our Strength." -

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