Do you know that in the Holy Bible, there are four small animals, which are considered very wise despite their tiny size? And by observing their ways, we will be able to learn so much from them. As it is written in Proverbs 30: 24 – 28:
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
- The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
- The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
- The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
- The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces
Yes, the ants bag the no. 1 place in this category. Despite their tiny size (I wonder how small their brain is) they are considered very wise. In fact, there is another verse in the Bible which cite their good attitude in life as found in Proverbs 6: 6-8 which states: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. If you will observe the ants, you will find that they are one of the most organized and most industrious animals. Cooperation is really one of their greatest trait. If we can be like them, we will never go hungry even in times of crisis.
- The conies, on the other hand, go with the no. 2 spot. Coney, a translation of the Hebrew Bible word שָּׁפָן (shaphan), more accurately rendered “hyrax” (a rodent-like member of the suborder Afrotheria). Knowing how weak and fragile they are, they choose to live in rocks to protect themselves from danger. In fact other verses in the Bible support this theory:
In Psalm 104:18, which state: The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
In Matthew 7: 24-25, which states: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
In Luke 6:48, which states: He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
As for the locusts, we should not underestimate them because despite their small size, they always go in great numbers that they have the power to eat and destroy every green plant on their sight and cause pestilence as stated in Exodus 10:12: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.” The locusts knew that there is indeed strength in numbers.
Last, but not the least, are the spiders which are not only wise but I think the luckiest because they can make their own house with their hands and live anywhere they like even in kings’ noble and great dwelling place with or without their permission. As for their source of nutrients, they don’t go out looking for food, but it’s the food that goes to them. What a great privilege they have, don’t you think?