by Robert Walker

God's Illustrations
Robert Walker
Proverbs 30:24-28

When Agur, in the Book of Proverbs, write about four little creatures which were very wise, he wasn't giving us merely facts of etymology and biology. He was setting down some principles of spiritual truth.

The habits of these creatures are illustrations that the Holy Spirit would used to instruct us. God wants us to be wise in the ways that correspond to the instructive wisdom.

He has placed in these little creatures- the ants, conies, locust and the spiders, which creatures are said to be exceeding wise in one thing and in all four there is given a maximum of wisdom. There is in these four things a progression of thought that will teach us great spiritual truth.


"The ants are people not strong, yet they prepared their meat in the summer." Now notice their activity- they are aware of their own insufficiency.

In themselves they cannot go through the dark and long winter, they are not inherently equipped for it by nature. Then they assess their need correctly, they know just how long the winter ahead of them will be.

They know what provision will be necessary to carry them through without shortage, so they adequately prepare for the future.

They use the opportune time, the favorable season, and the summer time. Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer" (Prov. 30:25).

Sometimes it's easy to "fly by the seat of our pants" in life. God's word emphasizes the preciousness and importance of time.

Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Ephes. 5:15
Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

A disordered, goalless life is a reflection of a life that lacks wisdom and understanding. The an ...

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