Saturday, September 10, 2016
ARE YOU AN OSTRICH?
Dearly Beloved, ARE YOU AN OSTRICH? "The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them" (Job 39:13-15 NIV). The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines an ostrich as "a flightless swift-running African bird with a long neck, long legs, and two toes on each foot. It is the largest living bird, with males reaching a height of up to 2.75 m." However, it is the most foolish of all birds. The Bible attests to this by describing some of its characteristics (Job 39:13-18). Many people are like the bird. They are wise in their own eyes. No other person is as wise as they. They hardly yield to corrections of others. In most cases, they have foolishly harmed themselves and others around them by their seemingly "wise" actions. Such people may have the strength, resources and influence to do things, but they lack the wisdom to execute such things successfully. It would have been better if such people harness their greatness together with the wisdom of others to bring about desired results. Solomon corroborated this: "Wisdom is better than strength. But the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:16-18 NIV). The above-cited dictionary later applies its definition to "a person who refuses to face reality or accept facts." Such people seldom face reality as it is and accept facts about the situation. One would not be surprised that there are some people who know that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to salvation (John 1:11-13; 14:6-7; Acts 4:12) but refuse to accept Him. Think about yourself. Are you an ostrich? In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Pray that you will not in any way behave like an ostrich.