This week in our youth service I spoke about the second animal from Proverbs 30:24-28: the hyrax. According to verse 26, “Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.”
This animal is a small, furry, prairie dog-like creature. It doesn’t have any real protection against its many predators. Their best defense (and the wisdom of the hyrax) is found when they retreat back to their home in the rocks.
There’s at least two things we can learn from these tiny fur balls.
- The hyrax knows it’s weakness. The hyrax realizes it’s a hyrax. It doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. In a similar way we need to accept and acknowledge our shortcomings and faults. Too often, we pretend like we’ve got everything put together and we’re unwilling to admit who we really are.
- The hyrax stays close to the rock. These animals don’t ever move very far from home. When they do, other fellow hyraxes call out to them and warn them to come back. Throughout the Bible, we find rock imagery used as a description of God. We need to remember to stay closely connected with the Rock. And when we see others straying away, we need to call out to them and encourage them to come back into right relationship. On the flipside, when we wander, we need to be receptive (and not defensive) to the calls of others.