Learn from the critters…

Read Job 12

Focus on verses 7 – 10

The superiority of human kind over the animal kingdom has been plainly evident, and tends to be one of the few points that both creationists and evolutionists might agree upon. Though the superior intelligence of humans is rarely disputed, this does not mean that we have nothing to learn from the animal kingdom.

In this chapter Job seems to be suggesting that there are some important things that we can learn from the variety of critters around us, particularly in regard to the knowledge of God’s sovereignty over all things. There are some ways in which our intelligence at times becomes the greatest obstacle that stands in the way of faith.

It is almost as though there is a certain level of simplicity and humility that is required to trust in God Whom we do not entirely understand. Superior intelligence often is accompanied by a measure of pride in the accumulation of knowledge, along with a tendency to reject anything we don’t fully understand. While faith is impossible without a certain level of knowledge, knowledge alone does not necessarily lead to faith.

Job chides those who believe they are independent of God. “Ask the animals and they will teach you” says Job, “that the hand of the Lord is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”

Bottom line…without God, life is impossible. Even the critters know that.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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