There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:…
The human soul has liberty to make everything within the compass of its knowledge, however insignificant it may be, to contribute to its growth, its happiness, and its perfection. The text teaches us to study animated nature for the purpose of gathering moral wisdom.
I. EXPLAIN THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE AND DUTY PRESENTED IN THIS TEXT. The ants excel in foresight; in their social habits and economical arrangements they display admirable industry and sagacity. They apply themselves to the ingathering of proper food, and that at the most proper time. Conies are weak and timorous, having neither power nor courage to defend themselves against the assaults of their enemies. But they give an exemplary proof of the highest wisdom in "making their houses in the rocks," where their enemies can neither destroy nor disturb them. The sense of our indigence and weakness should drive us to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the union of the locusts great wisdom is displayed. Their concentration of aim and energy, the social combination of individuals, is an example to the sons of men. The spider is an illustration of patient perseverance in the use of means, in order to the attainment of a specific end. The work of the spider discover unity, proportion, and completeness. We should, like them, strive to surmount every obstacle, in order to gain our end and fulfil our object, which is to glorify God's name.
II. APPLY THESE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THE INSTRUCTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS.
1. To the motives of the work. The love of the Lord Jesus, and regard to immortal souls.
2. To the duties belonging to it. Perseverance, condescension, and a spirit of love.
3. The difficulties attending it. Want of spirituality, pride. Apply to those who are engaged in the work; to those who have not yet begun; and to parents.
(Fielding Ould, M.A.)
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