Today’s devotional is a reprint of Kate Moon’s blog originally posted on December 29, 2014. Kate continues to serve the Lord in E. Asia.
Devotional Thought for Today
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise.”
For those of us living far from home, international students, recent immigrants or workers abroad, living in a foreign country can often make us feel small. The language handicap, for one, always makes us feel at less than 100% – less than fully capable of handling any situation that may come our way; add to that having the perpetual outsider’s disadvantage, never quite knowing how things are really supposed to be, we can feel a need to always be on our guard.
I especially feel this way whenever I am dealing with the landlord of an apartment I am about to rent. Because when you sign a lease, you have no relationship with the person yet, there is so much mutual distrust, and each side is just looking out for their own benefit. On more than one occasion I’ve discovered that I’ve somehow been talked into taking on expenses that were the landlord’s responsibility. These kinds of interactions tire and discourage me, but more than anything, they do make me feel small.
Have you ever felt small? On discovering that someone has taken unfair advantage of you? Or standing before someone berating you for something you didn’t do but unable to find the words to defend yourself? Or maybe simply just facing a huge challenge that you really don’t know if you can overcome? There is anger when injustice is involved, but there is also sadness, fear and frustration that come from feeling helpless, powerless to change the situation. Sometimes being small doesn’t have to do with any actual inherent weakness but being the weaker one in a given circumstance.
The verses following our excerpt for this morning go on to describe the respective merits of ants, rock badgers, locusts and lizards – small and relatively weak creatures that still manage some amazing feats – the main idea conveyed being this: The power of wisdom is that it triumphs over smallness.
Let us be encouraged today that worldly power and strength are not everything, and thank the Lord that his wisdom is accessible to us as we ask (James 1:5).
Prayer: Lord, we are weak, but You are strong. Oh how I need, how I seek, Your wisdom this day. Thank You that You make Your wisdom available to the small. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 9
Lunch Break Study
Read Proverbs 30:24-28: “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26 coneys [=rock badgers] are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.”
Questions to Consider
- What is the weakness of each animal?
- What does wisdom enable each animal to do?
- Which kind of wisdom do I need most today? Ask the Lord; he is pleased to grant it.
- Ants and badgers have little physical strength/power. Locusts have no leader to organize them. Lizards can be caught easily.
- Ants will have enough in the future (winter) because they have saved in times of plenty (summer); coneys are able to find ways to survive in barren environments where there seems to be no way; locusts are able to work well with one another, moving forward as one; the lizard knows how to enter places inaccessible to most.
- Personal response
Was I intentional about seeking God’s wisdom today? If so, in what way did God grant me his wisdom (i.e., teach me to be wise) today?