Lessons From Nature

Proverbs 30:24-28
“There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;
The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;
The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces.”

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This Proverb takes us to the natural world, in order to illustrate spiritual truths. The behaviors of four creatures are used to help us understand how to walk with the Lord.

The ant is an example of being prepared for the future. We are exhorted to live prepared for eternity. We do that by receiving Jesus Christ and walking daily, with Him. Jesus reminded us of the need to store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).

The rock badger is believed to be a small animal, much like a rabbit. Having no defenses of its own, it could not fight off a predator. The wisdom of this small creature is found in the fact that it dwelt in the rocks. For a predator to attack the rock badger, it must go through the rock. The believer must learn to hide away in Christ; He is our fortress, strong tower, shield and buckler, against the enemy’s assault.

The locust was known for always moving forward. Nothing could impede the advance of a locust swarm. Paul reminds the believer of the need to forget the past and move forward with the Lord (Philippians 3:13). For many of us, our past failures are keeping us from present experiences with the Lord, and from future victories for the kingdom. It is time to act like a locust and press forward.

Finally, we have all seen a spider run up the wall and across the ceiling. Their ability to hold on is amazing. We are reminded of the need to cling to the Lord. The heroes of the Christian faith were men and women who held tightly to the promises of God. When the storms of life hit, they clung to the promises, and like an anchor, those promises held firm.

As the new year approaches, keep in mind, no obstacle is so great that God cannot give you strength to confront it. Let’s be sure, above all else, we resolve to make our hiding place in the Lord.

Pastor Jim

Questions for Proverbs 30 
Agur is considered by many to be another name for Solomon. 
1. Take a moment to consider the question found in verse four, and then give the Biblical answer. 

2. What do we learn about the Word of God from verses 5-6? 

3. Examine the prayer found in verses 7-9, what do you notice. 

4. Choose a favorite verse from this chapter and write out your thoughts on how to apply it to your life. 



Old Testament:

Malachi 1- The Lord’s Cow
Malachi 2- Happy Marriage

One thought on “Lessons From Nature

  1. mwd1991 December 30, 2021 / 10:31 am

    Questions for Proverbs 30 

    ———

    Agur is considered by many to be another name for Solomon. 

    
1. Take a moment to consider the questions found in verse four, and then give the Biblical answer. 

    God; Jesus.

    2. What do we learn about the Word of God from verses 5-6? 

    Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

    It’s pretty self-explanatory.

    3. Examine the prayer found in verses 7-9, what do you notice. 

    Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die):

    Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.

    It would seem that it is bad to land on either end of the monetary spectrum. When you have too much, you’re more likely to assume that you simply don’t need God.

    “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24)

    When you have too little, it’s possible that you’re more likely to find a need for God, but you’re also more likely to disobey him in pursuit of your own interests or due to a lack of trust.

    4. Choose a favorite verse from this chapter and write out your thoughts on how to apply it to your life. 

    There are three things which are majestic in pace, yes, four which are stately in walk: a lion, which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from any; a greyhound, a male goat also, and a king whose troops are with him.

    When my ex-girlfriend and I broke up, due to her infidelity, I found myself in a frequently shifting cycle of love and hate; “wishy-washy” as she called it. I’ve found my journey to find, and foolishly even attempt to understand, God to be very similar. True or not, so long as I am unable to cast aside the idea that God has let me down, or even possibly betrayed me, I am stuck in this ever repeating cycle of love and hate towards him. In a way it’s funny because… I can’t seem to break free one way or the other. When I want to quit, I inevitably come back. When I try to move past the disappointment, I can’t see the existence of God as logical anymore. I’m stuck, but I perhaps just have to choose one path or the other and walk like a lion; unafraid of anything and everything. Perhaps the endurance of a greyhound and the perseverance of a goat are only necessary on the “narrow path” though; so again, for the time being, I am led to believe that it is the correct path… Again I’ll try to break free from the cycle. If not a lion yet, then I can at least be a goat.

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