There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer. Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks. Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation. Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces.
Wisdom can be found in small things.
We can learn wisdom simply by observing God’s creation – it is amazing when you think of it. Solomon mastered knowledge about plants, from the huge cedar that grows in Lebanon to the tiny hyssop that grows in the cracks of the wall. He understood everything about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.
Take the four small wonders that Solomon points out in today’s Proverb: ants, Hyraxes, Locusts, and Lizards.
Here’s the wisdom of these animals:
- Ants – They have the wisdom to have savings – an emergency fund.
- Hyraxes – A small animal more closely associated with an elephant, even though it looks like a rodent. A Hyraxes is wise enough to have a strong fortress for protection.
- Locusts – Although they’re leaderless, they know how to work together to advance their communal cause.
- Lizards – The wisdom of the lizard is that they’re often invited to live in high-class places because of their benefit to the owners – eating insects and ridding the palace of them.
Don’t underestimate the small things that are wise.