Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 28 May 2019


Little Creatures

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” 
(Proverbs 30:24-28).

Today’s Morsel:  Solomon lists four things here that I believe we should all take notice of if we are to be successful in this life and the life to come.  He tells us that these little creatures, the ants, the conies, the locusts, and the spiders are small upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.  So what should we learn from them?  First, he says, “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.”  Observing the ants should teach us preparedness.  The ants know that winter is coming and so they do not sit and wait for it, they prepare for it.  Next is the conies, or the rock badgers. He says, “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.”  The conies teach us protection and stability. Jesus said that the wiseman builds his house upon the rock (Matthew 7:21-28). If we are not building our homes according to the word of God, we will have no protection or stability against the enemy of our soul.  He says that the locusts, “have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.”  The locusts teach us the importance of unity.  A threefold cord is not easily broken.  We must take Christ’s yoke upon us and remain connected with Him.  We must endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.  And finally, he says, “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.”  This teaches us diligence and persistent.  We must lay hold to eternal life and not let it go.   As Paul told Timothy, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12) Always remember, But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)  We can learn a lot in life from the little things.  

Sing: The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.  Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, and the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.    

Thought For Today: “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” The Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).

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