There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:…
(to the young): —
I. THE ANTS.
1. Their houses or ant-hills.
2. Their foresight. General two ways of entrance and escape, and at these doors they place sentinels.
3. Their industry. They work all day long, and even by moonlight. They are diligent.
4. They provide meat in season.
II. THE CONIES. Hawks and eagles prey upon them, so they never venture far from the mouth of their hole. Christ is our Rock; never venture away from His safe keeping.
III. THE LOCUSTS. Very small, but very destructive. Work in bands. Very wise. It is not perhaps much that any one of you can do, but if you all unite in doing good you may accomplish a great deal.
IV. THE SPIDER. A clever, busy creature. Very humble, yet so ingenious and busy that it finds room to live even in kings' palaces. It is a mean-looking creature, but it is diligent at its own proper work. The King's palace will find room for many poor, mean-looking creatures who did the work that Christ wanted them to do in this world cleverly and busily.
(G. B. Blake, M.A.)
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