The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; ~Proverbs 30:26
A coney is a small, rodent-like creature similar to a rabbit due to its long ears. It is a rock-dwelling animal. It is one of four very small creatures that Solomon uses as a powerful life example for us. This morning, I would like for us to consider the importance of being Christian conies.
We see the conies and their weakness.
“The conies are but a feeble folk.” Conies are small, herbivorous animals. They are vulnerable to attack, both from on the ground and from above in the skies. If they are out in the open too long, they are open prey. If they are not careful, they will be part of another animal’s food chain. They have no natural defense mechanism. They are a picture of the weakness of every believer. We are always at risk of attack from our spiritual enemies. We are weak when it comes to our praying, our Bible reading, and our ability to resist temptation. We are weak when it comes to pride. We can become overconfident and forget that we are weak. The coney knows by instinct that it is feeble and weak. Let us remember that without the Lord, we are weak.
We see the conies and their wisdom.
“There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.” Solomon notes that the conies are wise because they know what they are and what they are not. They are wise because they do not want to be devoured by lurking predators. They are wise because they are noted for their community and not their individuality. Who cares how much money you have if you are not wise? Who cares how much fun you have if you are not wise? Who cares where you graduated from if you are not wise? Solomon did not speak about wise people. He saw this little feeble animal and saw wisdom in how it conducted itself, how it lived, and how it avoided being taken as prey.
We see the conies and their whereabouts.
“Yet make they their houses in the rocks.” The conies make their dwelling high above their enemies. They make their refuge in the rocks on higher ground. If you want to escape being devoured, you must live high above where the enemy cannot get to you. They make their houses in the rocks. Jesus is the Solid Rock upon which we stand. The wise man built his house upon the rock. When you build your life on Jesus, your foundation is solid and sure. Let Jesus be your shelter in the time of storm. Let Jesus be your dwelling place far above the danger line where Satan, the world, and the flesh will attack you.
We see the conies and their watch.
The conies are not only at a safe distance in the rocks, but they have a better view as well. Where they live, they can watch and know what is happening below. Jesus told us to watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. We need to watch and seek wisdom from the Word of God. We need to watch because the Lord’s coming draweth nigh.
Take a moment this morning and consider well the conies. They are little, but teach us much wisdom for our Christian life.
Have a wisdom-filled God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Isaiah 49-53