|Proverbs 30:24, 28|
Proverbs 30:24, 28: "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise . . . . the lizard you may grasp with the hand, yet it is in king’s palaces.”
When is the last time you heard talk combining lizards and wisdom! According to this verse while we have nothing to teach these interesting creatures and no means to instruct them anyway, they do have something to communicate to us re God’s wisdom.
The lizard is small and doesn’t draw overt attention to itself. Quite the contrary it attempts to move forward without being recognized. Once detected it’s a simple matter to remove a lizard – “you may grasp [it] with the hand.” Yet these creatures are discovered even in the highest places and turn up in the most honored spaces. There they appear not through some attention-grabbing ambition but owing to their lowly boldness.
What’s the lesson? For one thing we should differentiate between wrong ambition and a right sort of godly boldness. As we go about our business in Christ’s house we must determine not to draw undue attention to ourselves. Paul exhorted the young disciple, Timothy, to practice the myriad of Christian virtues in personal integrity and with a private sincerity. Yet Paul also wanted known the example of Timothy’s devotion to Jesus: “so that all may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4:15)
The English Puritans spoke of the sin of “low attainments.” As you consider the coming year of 2007, in what specific ways would Jesus Christ have you to increase your expectations and desires for greater progress? In these coming days will you choose to boldly move in that direction?
The path to greater Christ-honoring attainments begins with our own awareness of personal deficiencies and needs. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
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