The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces. ~Proverbs 30:28
Perhaps you are familiar with the children’s nursery rhyme “The Eensy Weensy Spider.” Like ants, conies, and locusts, spiders are little upon the earth but exceeding wise. Two things are said about the spider. The first is that it “taketh hold with her hands.” The second is that she “is in kings’ palaces.” There are two lessons that we see from the spider. The first is in the area of service. The use of our hands is a picture of work. Solomon said, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Jesus said that we should put our hand to the plow. There is a second lesson: that lesson is faith. The spider is a lesson on the imperative of faith.
We see the guts in faith.
There are no boundaries or limits to where you will find a spider. Agur was amazed to see a spider crawling and spinning a web in the corner of a king’s palace. Faith must be bold and audacious. Faith must be willing to do what others will not do and to go where others will not go. Faith is courage in action. Faith does the impossible. Faith is the exercise of prayer. When we pray, our prayers reach to Heaven, or in the King’s palaces. Faith praying asks God to do the impossible. God is pleased with that kind of praying. Faith praying is gutsy and unafraid.
We see the grasp in faith.
“The spider taketh hold with her hands.” It spins a web with its hands. It catches its prey with its hands. A spider takes a hold of what it needs and wants. Faith takes a hold of something with its hands. Faith goes beyond its reach and takes a hold of what it can grasp. Faith is not wishful thinking. Faith is a church planter taking a hold of a city and building a thriving church. Faith is taking hold of God and asking God to do great and mighty things. Faith is Hudson Taylor taking hold of China for the spread of the gospel, planting of churches, and training men to do the same. Faith decides that there is nothing beyond its grasp. Go after something big. Go after something that no one else is willing to do, and do it!
We see the golden in faith.
The spider is in royal places. It is in kings’ palaces. Faith abides where there is abundance and no scarcity. Faith abides where there is more to garner. God rewards faith. There is golden compensation in faith. Hebrews 11:6 says “God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” The reward in faith correlates to how gutsy we will be. Noah’s faith was rewarded with an ark. Hannah’s faith was rewarded with a son named Samuel. Elijah’s faith was rewarded with the widow’s son raised back to life, fire coming down from heaven, and rain after a three-year drought. Daniel’s faith was rewarded with the mouth of lions being shut. Paul’s faith was rewarded with souls being saved, churches being started, and an extensive spread of the gospel.
We learn about the imperative of faith from a little spider. The web she spins is a testimonial that she will not be limited by height, depth, breadth, or desire. This morning, exercise faith. You are a child of the king, and He wants to reward faith that takes hold with its hands.
Have a faith-inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Judges 6-7