It’s very easy for us to look down on people or things that appear small or weak. But Agur was not one who would make that mistake. He looked at four small creatures, and from them found wisdom.
From the ant, he learned the wisdom to plan ahead. To work hard storing up food in the summer, to make sure they would have enough for the lean times in the winter. So often, people don’t have the wisdom to do this. They spend all that they have on the pleasures of the here and now, and when trouble strikes, whether it’s a bad economy, a sudden layoff, or whatever it may be, they find themselves in deep trouble.
From the coney, he learned the need to find a place of safety because he realized his own weaknesses. A coney can do little to protect itself from its enemies, and so it hides out in the crags where its enemies can’t get it. In the same way, we too are weak. On our own, we can’t fight the enemy of our souls. And so we hide ourselves in the “rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2),” and make God our refuge and strength. In His strength, not only can we survive the attacks of the enemy, we can overcome.
From the locust, he learned the importance of organization and unity. By operating this way, they are capable of doing great damage. In the same way, the body of Christ can do great damage to the kingdom of hell if we will just organize and walk together in unity. Unlike the locust, however, we do have a King, and it is under his orders that we march.
From the lizard, he learned cautiousness and elusiveness. Though it is small enough to be captured by a hand, it is cautious and elusive enough to avoid being caught. In the same way, we should be careful to avoid the hand of the devil in all his schemes against us. Peter put it this way,
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)
The thing to remember is Satan doesn’t play fair. And it’s especially in your times of weakness that he’ll attack. But we also need to be aware in our times of “strength.” For it’s in our time of strength that we can become complacent, and unwary. (Just think about David in II Samuel 11).
So let us pray as Jesus commanded us,
Deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)
How about you? Are you as wise as these creatures?