|Taken in Great Basin National Park last spring|
“The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.”
Today’s verse tells us about more “little things” that God says are “exceeding wise”. Today we learn about another animal that is a good object lesson for us. Our verse talks about the conies. If you look the word “cony” or “coney” up in a dictionary, you will find that it means “rabbit.” But in this proverb, the word translated “conies” really means “rock badgers.”
A rock badger is about the size of a rabbit, but it really looks more like an oversized guinea pig. It has short ears, sharp teeth, and eyes that look like black buttons. Although the rock badger is small and doesn’t seem as if it would be safe from its enemies, God has given this animal ways to be safer. Rock badgers find safety in steep, rocky places. God has made their feet in a special way. Their feet have a special grip like a suction cup. The rock badger can easily scamper over rocky cliffs because of its feet that grip the rocks so well. Rock badgers can hide from their enemies among the rocks. Even if a rock badger is sleeping or resting, stretched out on a sunny rock, it may be safe because its enemies will think it is part of the rock and will not notice it. Isn’t it amazing how God has designed even the smallest of animals so carefully?
The rock badger finds safety in rocks. We could say that God’s people also find safety in a Rock, because the Bible tells us that our Rock is God. Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer: my God, my strength, in whom I will trust: my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” David wrote these words in Psalm 18. We know that there were many times when King Saul was hunting for David to try and kill him. Often, David and his men hid among rocks and caves, and God kept them safe. When we have hard times in our lives, we can go to God and tell Him all about it. He is our strong Rock, and He will keep us safe just as He did David. God will never change. He is just the same today as He was in David’s time. He is our Rock!
* Thank God that He is our Rock. Thank Him that we can trust Him to keep us safe. Thank God that He never changes. If you are going through a hard time in your life, tell God all about it. *
Hope you've enjoyed these simple posts about little things in nature that teach big lessons! One year, I was blessed to hear Beneth Jones speak at a ladies' retreat at The Wilds of New England. She taught sessions based on these very "little things" from Proverbs 30. At the time I heard her, I had already written these devotional pages. I was amazed and so blessed by all of the meaning that she extracted from these verses!