Four Small Animals with Extreme Wisdom – Proverbs 30

I think this is better than a David and Goliath story, where a young, untrained fellow takes on a gargantuan warrior. In this chapter of Proverbs we find a list of tiny, unassuming creatures that possess powerful attributes.

“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

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  • Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
  • Hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
  • Locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
  • A lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces” (Proverbs 30:24-28 NIV).

These verses tell me that it is extremely wise to save for the future, find a way to make a home in difficult places, move ahead with others in unity, and realize I can have access, no matter how small I am, into the halls of those in authority.


I hope I never doubt, Lord, that you can use the things I consider small and powerless to do amazing things. I will follow where you lead me, no matter how out-of-place I might feel.


A few nights ago I fell asleep contemplating this proverb. It brought such joy to think I can completely trust what God says, without fail; and that he offers refuge to me. I also appreciate how he expects his words to be honored for what they are, not embellished by others.

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (verses 5-6).

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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