I enjoy a good animal documentary. Especially one with David Attenborough. I just love his passion and how he could find all animals fascinating… from dangerous beast to insignificant bug!
When it comes to proverbs 30 though… I’ve always had no idea why all these animal proverbs were in the Bible…! Ants & locust, lions & eagles…. huh?
Like here in Proverbs 30:24-28 (CSB)
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer; hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks; a lizard can be caught in your hands, yet it lives in kings’ palaces.”
As I read this, I get the impression that the writer had limited understanding of these creatures. How is it that locusts move in rank, yet they have no king? A total mystery!
It got me thinking about how we don’t question the “everyday mysteries” around us. Like how I’ve never heard people debating lizards around a braai… or arguing about how it could be possible for ants to be so strong. We simply accept that is how it is.
And yet, how many braai’s have I been to, where debates on the impossibility of Jesus being fully God & fully man rage… or conversations where the “bizarre idea” of the Holy Spirit leads to much frustration & no conclusion.
How is it that we are willing to accept things we do not understand in the physical… and yet we cannot seem to accept things we cannot understand in the spiritual?
Would my walk with God be better if I could fully comprehend the bigness of who God is & How the universe was made & what heaven will be like? I don’t think so!
I think some of the mystery & the depth of God is the exact thing that leaves me hungry for more. I want to know the height & the depth & the breadth of the kingdom of God. I want His deep mysteries to be unraveled & whispered to me. And day-by-day it happens. But only on THAT day when I come face-to-face with my saviour will I really FULLY understand. Until then. I’m happy to say I’m on the journey, and even if I don’t have all the answers… there’s no other journey I’d rather take!
“God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this MYSTERY, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Colossians 1:27 CSB
Indeed a glorious mystery!