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.
Agur not only noticed the bad things in the world, but also how the smallest of God’s creations can teach us all lessons that we might apply to our lives.
He looks at the ants and sees how they prepare for the future. If the ant stops in the summer to enjoy the weather, he might not be ready when bad weather comes. Therefore, he keeps working, delaying gratification. As a Christian, we too must keep working until Christ comes. Our gratification will be by His coming and His reward.
Agur also saw the conies, which are small animals that act sort of like rabbits, look more like groundhogs, but they cannot hop or dig. For protection, they will position themselves between rocks. We too need to realize our abilities and limitations, positioning ourselves in the Lord for protection. David often called God his rock and fortress.
Next, he looks to the locusts. A small creature but feared by many of that day. Locusts would come in great swarms and eat everything in their path. Each one alone is very weak, but together they are unstoppable. In this, we can see a purpose of the church. Together as a body, we can collectively do for the Lord what alone we cannot.
Finally, he gleans wisdom from a common spider. When God created a spider, he created a miraculous creature. If a spider falls, before it hits the ground its fall is often broken. The spider reaches inside, creates a silk-like strand, and attaches it to something to break its fall. We too have in us all we need to survive as God’s creation. When we reach inside, we find the Holy Spirit dwelling there to comfort us in life’s greatest trials.
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Also notice, the spider ends up residing in the king’s palace. No matter where you began in life, remember, as a believer you are a child of the King of Kings. You too will live with the King in His Heavenly Home someday.
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