There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:…
I. GLANCE. AT THE SEVERAL ALLUSIONS OF THIS SCRIPTURE. Ants show their wisdom in their social habits, their industrious workings, their sagacious foresight. In time of plenty they provide for scarcity. Instinctively foreseeing the evil, they set themselves might and main to get ready against it The voice says to us, "Look onward. Now is the summer of grace, the gathering-time of salvation." The conies are full of timorousness and fear. They show their wisdom by running at the least sound of danger into the crannies of the rocks. This working of the law of self-preservation says to us, "Beware! Be not self-confident! Get away into the clefts of the rock Christ Jesus." The locusts go in well-marshalled and compacted companies. Union, harmony, co-operation are among the chief things in the economy of the locusts. One impulse stirs them. They all act, and act together Ye are Christ's temple and union is the cement that knits together the severed parts. Ye are Christ's army, and union alone can give solidity to its ranks and strike its foes with terror. The chief property of the spider's working is completeness — diligent, persistent completeness. Learn to have a purpose, and bend to it all your powers.
II. LESSONS MINISTERED TO BY THESE TINY CREATURES.
1. The great law of self-preservation.
2. The necessity of regeneration.
3. They bear a message concerning Christian diligence.
4. And concerning Christian completeness.
5. The pointing of these little creatures is onward.
6. And they may teach us the importance of decision.
(H. J. Roper.)
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