There are four things that are impressive to watch as they walk:
lions, strongest of all animals and afraid of none – observe closely as the lions walk around, and you will notice that their heels don’t touch the ground
goats – “To watch how they negotiate those steep cliffs – they’re such agile creatures.” – Joel Bennett
strutting roosters – “To go with the jacket there were loosely slung Ben Davis slacks, the wide leg giving way to steel toe boots, laced hard and tight up the shaft, holding their skinny boy calves in a confining leather hook and eye embrace. They walked with confidence and dirty hair that framed beautiful but haunted cold weather faces, and in their glittering blue and green eyes I could tell they were still little boys who got scared and cried when they were alone.” – Margaret Cho
leaders in front of their people – While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.” – Luke 20:45-47
There are four animals in the world that are small, but very, very clever —
ants: they are weak, but they store up their food in the summer
rock badgers: they are not strong either, but they make their homes among the rocks
locusts: they have no king, but they move in formation
lizards: you can hold one in your hand, but you can find them in palaces
Look for God’s wisdom in all of His creation. Everything points to the greatness of He who created all life and form on earth.
Although we do not know all there is to know about God – and that we feel helpless; and have little wisdom, we are still loved by God.
Change your mindset about the foundations of life. We can learn from these small creatures that limitation is not something to hold you from moving on. Weaknesses and problems are not stumbling blocks but leaping stones. The key to life is to consider the great value of small things in life.
One doesn’t have to be a superhero or a big shot to thrive. Industry, plugging away at one’s work a bit at a time, will get the job done. Maybe we can’t add much to God’s kingdom, but all those little bits pile up when we faithfully keep at it.
There are four things that the earth itself cannot tolerate:
a slave who becomes a king – they will end up being the downfall of the people
a fool who has all he wants to eat
a hateful woman who gets married – when a woman attains to the standard of being Mrs; being chosen, selected, accepted and protected; and she still isn’t emotionally, physically and psychologically satisfied with her life, a home is thrown into chaos; children are confused; and a community is traumatized; . Lord, have mercy!
a servant woman who takes the place of her mistress
There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand:
an eagle flying in the sky – the Christian life is meant to be supernatural and amazing, and not a matter of strain and struggle
a snake moving on a rock – no more excuses for spiritual passivity! If the snake can move, you too can move on with your life!
a ship finding its way over the sea
man and a woman falling in love – French writer Blaise Pascal in his Pensées who said “Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point” – “the heart has its reasons of which the mind knows nothing.”
And add to that an unfaithful wife: she commits adultery, takes a bath, and says, “But I haven’t done anything wrong!” An example of how we all fool ourselves when we know we have sinned.
If you make fun of your father or despise your mother in her old age, you ought to be eaten by vultures or have your eyes picked out by wild ravens. – Proverbs
But clear-headed Telémakhos replied: “Antínoös, can I banish against her will the mother who bore me and took care of me? My father is either dead or far away, but dearly I should pay for this at Ikários’ hands, if ever I sent her back. The powers of darkness would requite it, too, my mother’s parting curse would call hell’s furies (in mythology, the primitive female agents of retribution for evil, especially for evil committed against blood kindred) to punish me, along with the scorn of men. No: I can never give the word for this. But if your hearts are capable of shame, leave my great hall, and take your dinner elsewhere, consume your own stores. Turn and turn about, use one another’s houses. If you choose to slaughter one man’s livestock and pay nothing, this is rapine; and by the eternal gods I beg Zeus you shall get what you deserve: a slaughter here, and nothing paid for it!” – The Odyssey, Book 2, Homer
A leech has two daughters, and both are named “Give me!”
The central thought is “the horse leech.” What is a horse leech? It is a carnivorous bloodsucking worm which clings to the flesh and sucks the blood of any animal or man. It is a disgusting creature, more disgusting than snakes. Leeches are carnivorous or parasitic. Leeches consist basically as a tube within a tube, and when we see them in the forest they are very small, looking just like a thread of about 3/8th of an inch. They have a sucker at both ends of their body, and in one of them they have a mouth with teeth, and they have primitive eyes, from one to five pairs. Leeches travel like a slinky. You remember the slinky, a metal spiral which can walk down the stairs by itself? This is how leeches travel on your skin, and they travel to your groin or to your neck, and lodge there. Leeches are disgusting bloodsuckers.
Compare that with these four things that are never satisfied:
the world of the dead – the door of death never has a “No vacancy” sign on it. Death never takes a holiday. Death never fails to accommodate one more.
a woman without children – Hannah did not argue with Elkanah when he said he was better to her than ten sons. He had been good to her and she knew it. But, in her unhappiness and discontent as a barren woman, he was not as good to her as ten sons. Nothing could ever satisfy that in the flesh.
dry ground that needs rain – God alone, as a universal rule of life, is the one who satisfies the thirsty soul. Not only does He care about and meet our needs physically and spiritually, but He alone can meet the core desires of our lives—the source of our satisfaction.
a fire burning out of control – “They want to look for nothing but the chance to commit adultery; their appetite for sin is never satisfied. They lead weak people into a trap. Their hearts are trained to be greedy. They are under God’s curse!” – 2 Peter 2:14
There are people who curse their fathers and do not show their appreciation for their mothers. A child who is wise (that is, they honour their parents) gives their father and mother satisfaction by the way they live. Solomon invited young people to consider how their actions affect their parents. Parents usually think it is their duty to make their children happy, but many proverbs urge children to bring happiness to their parents. Proverbs reveals the parent-child relationship as a two-way street; each affects the other.
There are people who think they are pure when they are as filthy as they can be. I believe it is possible to not only stay clean in the midst of a moral landslide, I believe it is possible to grow in holiness and purity – even though hell engulfs this generation. It is not inevitable that God’s people should fall by the wayside, victims of demonic powers let loose on this earth.
There are people who think they are so good—oh, how good they think they are! You’re pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn’t it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
There are people who take cruel advantage of the poor and needy; that is the way they make their living.
“People are sent into our lives to teach us things that we need to learn about ourselves.” – Mandy Hale