Four Small Things-Proverbs 30:24-28

Proverbs 30:24-28 Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.”
Proverbi 30:24-28 Ci sono quattro animali fra i più piccoli della terra, e tuttavia pieni di saggezza: 25 le formiche, popolo senza forza, che si preparano il cibo durante l’estate; 26 gli iraci, popolo non potente, che fissano la loro abitazione nelle rocce; 27 le locuste, che non hanno re, e procedono tutte, divise per schiere; 28 la lucertola, che puoi prendere con le mani, eppure si trova nei palazzi dei re.
  
     The recurring theme in the book of Proverbs is how man finds wisdom. In these verses, there is a description of four insignificant things in our ideas of wisdom but each one has found how to live effectively in a world much larger and stronger than them. 
     The ant is the smallest of the four but their wisdom comes from the fact that they survive because of their foresight. They prepare for when supplies are scarce. Coneys (badgers or small rabbits) are not able to defend themselves well so they find wisdom in hiding in the crags of the rock in order to be safe. Locusts seem to travel in an amazing organizational format like a marching army and yet have no leader. They are content to do their part for the good of the whole. And the lizard (sometimes translated as a spider) has a home wherever he is. It is able to adapt and live in abject poverty or run around in a king’s palace. 
     So what do these four creatures teach us about wisdom? Let’s sum it up in four ways:
1) Like an ant, a wise person plans for what he knows is coming ahead.
2) Like a badger, a wise person knows he has limitations and needs to find a hiding place when danger comes. The Lord is our hiding place!
3) Like a locust, a wise person knows that he is stronger when he is working in fellowship with one another.
4) Like a gecko or spider, a wise person is content in whatever state he is in. His life goes on whether he is scurrying around a palace or living in a cupboard of a rural farm house. Paul said in Philippians 4:11,  for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
     Since God protects and provides for even the smallest of His creatures, will He not show wisdom in providing for His own?
Pray with me: Lord, sometimes I complain about the circumstances in my life. Help me to remember that You give me wisdom to deal with whatever comes my way.


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