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verses 24-28: “Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are not a strong folk, But they prepare their food in the summer; The badgers are not mighty folk, Yet they make their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks; The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings’ palaces.”

Many and varied are the wonders God made in the animal kingdom. To man, who somewhat blindly associates power with size at times, it is interesting to see how God uses the smallest or most insignificant of creatures to teach lessons.

2 things come to mind when I read the above passages: in the comic books, among the original members of the Avengers, it was not always the Hulk or Thor or Iron Man who saved the day, but the miniscule forces wielded by Ant-Man and the Wasp. I also recall hearing stories from folks who live out in the country about beavers; I know, beavers and badgers are 2 separate animals, but I associate them for their construction abilities. These country folk would often share how, in order to move a beaver dam, they had to resort to dynamite to blow it up since it was so well constructed and annoyingly (to humans) sturdy!

It can be that way with people too. Jesus didn’t select the most powerful people to be His twelve disciples; for the most part, He selected common, ordinary folk. Even though He is Creator, Jesus (God the Son) showed us how He longs to have that relationship with us again, like it was in the Garden of Eden, before sin entered in. We all have value to God, no matter how big or small we are. Jesus paid our price so that we can have eternal life with Him. It is people who put labels on others, not God.

Something to think about.

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verses 18-19: “There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.”

I was driving our family home one Saturday from our parents’ house. My wife turned on BBN radio (Bible Broadcasting Network). We caught the tail end of an interview with a military colonel who was commenting on the F-15 fighter jet, nicknamed the Eagle. It had been one of the most successful fighter jets in our country’s history, having never been shot down in a dogfight. The colonel was commenting on its structure and abilities in the air, much like a real eagle for whom it was nicknamed. The colonel commented that he marveled at the design the engineers had come up with for the F-15, but he marveled more at the design of the true eagle, whom God had created.

Our God, our Creator, has made some amazing things. If you have ever seen in an eagle in flight, you would agree. Even the way a snake moves on the ground (who, as a kid, hasn’t tried to imitate a snake, only to find you can’t!) or the way a ship can turn through the waters, can be mystifying. Personally, having experienced the wonderful love of my wife, I never cease to be amazed by God’s wonderful gift of marriage and love. The relationship of my wife and me is rooted in and blessed by Him. It can be very easy today, with man’s technological achievements, to become jaded and desensitized to the wonder and beauty God has blessed us with. As spring begins to unfold in these coming weeks, try to take a moment, open your eyes, and see what God has blessed you with. I hope you’ll agree that, they “are too wonderful for me”.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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verse 5: “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

I’m reminded of another radio commercial I’ve heard in recent months. It’s for a certain brand of motor oil, where a variety of people’s words express the desire to have, not just a laboratory tested oil, but one that’s been tested in heavy-use vehicles for thousands of miles and still provide the engine protection it was designed to do. The ad makes the product sound impressive, thoroughly tested, and something that would shield your engine from damage.

Now think about God. He IS impressive. He IS tried and true and tested. His word IS tested and pure, like the finest silver (it says so in Psalms 12:6). For those needing refuge (and we ALL need refuge!), he IS a shield to those who would take refuge in Him. In the storms of life, He is the Rock to cling to, the Safe Harbor to seek shelter in.

Something to think about.

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verse 4: “Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!”

There are those who say that Jesus was just a very good prophet…

There are those who say God created Jesus…

There are those who say there is no God…

Now read the above verse once more. The obvious answer is GOD. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit; our Triune God, God in 3 persons, blessed Trinity. He existed before all else, and He’ll be here after all is gone.

Remember, this was written in the Old Testament.

Something to think about.

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