A Closer Walk

Attitude of the Righteous


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Job 12:7-10
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?
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The prophet Jeremiah wrote that all mankind is stupid and devoid of knowledge {Jer.51:17} and Hosea had said even earlier that they are destroyed for a lack of knowledge because they reject the knowledge that comes from God's word! {Hos.4:6}

Mankind may call the fish of the seas and the birds of the heavens, along with puppy dogs and kitty cats, and every other living thing that God created before man, 'dumb animals' but as today's verses in Job should make clear, maybe we could—and should—learn from them!

Consider Balaam's donkey, an animal smart enough to change directions when he saw the angel of the Lord {Num.22:25} at the same time that Balaam himself, "a prophet who loved the wages of unrighteousness" {2Pe.2:15}, insisted on continuing on! God had to open the mouth of the animal to chastise the man! Who was the dummy there? And in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says that we are to learn from the birds of the air who the Father cares for and feeds. {Matt.6:26} And again as well in chapter 12 in the gospel of Luke as He points us to the sparrows in verse 6 and then tells us to consider the ravens in verse 24. Maybe being a 'birdbrain' is not such a bad thing.

The point of all this is that we should come to understand that we can, and should learn from ALL of God's creation. And we will if we follow the instruction to appraise all things with the mind of Christ that we have been given! {1Cor.2:15} It was the sun and the moon along with the stars {Ps.8:3-8} that humbled me and brought me to finally understand the love and saving grace of the Lord. For it is true that the heavens declare the glory of God. {Ps.19:1} At least to all of those who will hear what His creation is saying!

Let me close with this thought: A beautiful hymn written by Carl Hamblen says that 'It is no secret what God can do, what he has done for others He'll do for you.' Jesus was lifted up publicly on a wooden cross, shedding His blood and dying for all the world to see the love of God. It is exactly what defines true love; 'We know love by this, that He (Jesus) laid down His life for us.' {1Jn.3:16}

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
    But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)


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