Saturday, 21 May 2011

Consider the Ostrich...

13 “The ostrich flaps her wings grandly,
but they are no match for the feathers of the stork.
14 She lays her eggs on top of the earth,
letting them be warmed in the dust.
15 She doesn’t worry that a foot might crush them
or a wild animal might destroy them.
16 She is harsh toward her young,
as if they were not her own.
She doesn’t care if they die.
17 For God has deprived her of wisdom.
He has given her no understanding.
18 But whenever she jumps up to run,
she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.

A short and revealing lesson from God from Job.

Verse 13 makes us think about looks versus ability. Attractive "plumage" does not make the man or woman, or bird as in this case! It's what we're able to do with what we have - talents, gifts, wealth, etc- that really matters to God.

In verse 18 God tells us that the ostrich does, however, use its talent of running to its advantage. The ostrich may not be wise (v17) but it has physical ability.

God gives us something useful to use in life. Having wisdom alone does not determine usefulness.

Don't you love it?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Paula. Great post. Sometimes we try to be some other sort of bird when all the time we had abilities/giftings of the bird we are. Although, I'd like some wisdom! God bless, Tracy