Sunday Stillness – What can we learn from the Rock Badger?
Four things on earth are small
yet they are extremely wise (Proverbs 30:24, NIV).
Last week I looked at the industrious ant. We seem to be winning the battle of the ants this week. Whew. I hope so.
Today is the rock badger.
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NIV);
The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags (Proverbs 30:26, NKJ);
The conies are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the rocks (Proverbs 30:26, ASV);
The next animal in the list In Proverbs 30 is the coney, hydrax or rock badger. This was a new one to me. I needed to go back to Google. They were also called mountain mice and bear mice.
I found out that conies live along the foot of the mountains west of the Dead Sea. They are small like mice. They live in the clifts of rocks which gives great security. They also are swift so they are hard to catch.They also set up sentries to warn the others of intruders. This wise conduct brings them safety and security.
As I thought and prayed over this passage I see that we are like the conies but we hide under the protection of Jesus – our Rock – we hide under His wings. We are a feeble people but we have a strong God. His angels protect us too. We need to be wise and put up personal sentries to guard our boundaries (our heart, our health, our minds, and our spirit).
What can we learn from the rock badger? (click to tweet)
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Beautiful painting and illustration with words that share we ride under the wings of God and lucky for us He provides the strength we need. I have never heard of the rock badger but I love knowing that they are wise and this helps them to stay safe. Thank you for sharing this at The Weekend Brew. Have a blessed week!
The insight you received about the badger and poor feeble us was wonderful. I like your painting too, Janis. 🙂
Thank you. It’s amazing what one tiny creature can teach us.
If we open our eyes, many many things can teach us valuable lessons in life. This is a good catch. 🙂
Thanks! I am trying to go deeper and really understand what God is telling us with each word of His Word.
We are a feeble people with a strong God. Amen! This is a very interesting study, Janis! Thanks for sharing what you are learning on this Journey.
I enjoy studying His Word – each word.
Hiding under His wings, Janis! That’s where I want to stay! Thanks for the linkup!
Nice to know we are under His wings together.
Janet, I love all that you shared about the rock badger. And when I saw the drawing, I thought, “Hmmm, another children’s book in the making perhaps?” Thank you for reminding me to take shelter in our Rock. Blessings!
You made me think when you asked about a children’s book – that might be a good idea. But Kimberley Payne certainly did a great book called Adams’ Animals, with interesting information. I did the sketches for her book.
What a great lesson from this little creature. Nothing in God’s Word is there by accident!
I truly believe that too – every word – is important.
Yes, so often we feel small, helpless, insignificant. But the God who sees keeps us from being anonymous, and he is our Rock and protector.
Isn’t it awesome that no matter our size, God loves and cares for each one of us.
I love these kinds of studies, Janis. Taking a tiny section or one verse of Scripture and dissecting it to find out so much that is tucked away…kind of like those little conies. When you wrote about the angels of God guarding us, I am reminded of the prayers I have lifted for a number of our military as they are in Iraq or Afghanistan. I asked God to send His legions of angels to protect each one.
We need those legions as well. In the time of Augustus, there were about 7,000 troops to one legion. When Jesus spoke from the Cross, when they told Him to call His angels and take Him down from the Cross, he spoke of a dozen legions…Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? Matthew 26:53 That’s 84,000 angels.
May we not hesitate to ask for God’s guard.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda
Love the picture of calling on the angels. I see more in the Word when I visualize as well.
How beautiful to know Him as our Rock and our home. Thanks so much, Janis.
You are most welcome. I am having fun with these little animals.