Scripture Reading: Ezra 2:68-4:5 / Revelation 9:13-10:11 / Proverbs 30:24-33
Animals are very interesting and are a large part of our lives. In fact, God created animals before He created man. On the fourth day of creation, God created the animals of the water and sky. He then created land animals on the fifth day. God had a divine plan and purpose for every animal, some significant and others seemingly insignificant.
In reality, God had a divine plan and purpose for creating everything so there is nothing that is insignificant but there are parts of His creation that we classify as less significant. Man has favorite animals like Tigers, Wolves, Foxes, Polar Bears or Panthers and believes the most intelligent animals are Chimpanzees, Dolphins, Orangutans, Elephants and Pigs!
We can learn much from studying the animal kingdom and Solomon gives us some insight into, “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:” (Proverbs 30:24) He writes of ants, locusts, lizards and a fourth one, “Coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags.” (vs.26)
We aren’t real familiar with Coney’s, in fact; many people don’t even know that they are also referred to as a “Hyrax” or a “Rock Badger”. They are small fur ball animals, about a foot long and look like a rabbit but without a tail. The interesting thing about them is that they have sweat glands in their feet to moisten their foot when they run. This gland combined with special muscles in their feet, act like suction cups so they can climb up the rocks.
They are defenseless and small animals yet Solomon calls them extremely wise. They cannot defend themselves with sharp teeth or claws but they can run with speed and accuracy on the rocks and hide in the rock formations. They know where to hide and make their home…in the safe place, the cleft of the rock.
Wisdom simply knows what we are and what we are not, knowing our strengths and weaknesses. The Coney has the wisdom to use their strengths (suction cup feet and small bodies) to overcome their weakness (defenselessness). They know how to survive and thrive! They feed only at dawn and dusk and work together by posting sentries to alarm the group of approaching danger.
We are defenseless against the attacks of the enemy and of the world but we can take shelter and refuge in the cleft of God’s protection. We have a Rock to which we can run and hide…the grace and presence of an Almighty God who loves us! “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent people you save me. “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” (2 Samuel 22:2-4)