locust

Last Wednesday we covered the 3rd animal from Proverbs 30:24-28, the locust. Here’s what the passage says,

“Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation.”

According to some scientists in the UK and Australia, locusts gain their destructive power through physical interaction with other locusts. The more they bump into each other, the more serotonin is created and the more aggresive they become.

The wisdom of the locust is found in its understanding of the importance of community. They find strength and power through the interactions with others.

Recently, I’ve had a handful of conversations with students that, to be honest, has caused me a lot of frustration. We currently have several students who are hurting, broken and wounded who need the support and encouragement of fellow believers. The comments from them go like this, “I tried to talk to ____. But then he/she went and told everybody else. I can’t trust anyone here.”

Then I’ve seen the other side as well. Those students who are hurting and broken but refuse to open up to anyone at all. They look at me in the eye and lie to me about their hurt and pain and sin and they don’t realize that someone cares about them and wants to be a support to them.

When are we going to stop pretending that we can do this thing alone and start being the body of Christ that we’re called to be? When are we going to realize that this life wasn’t meant to be lived alone and that we desperately need the love and support of others? When are we going to live like the locusts, finding strength and motivation in community and then ultimately starting changing our circumstance and the world around us?

Author: Erik

Erik lives in Bethalto, IL were he serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Church. He and his wife, Bethany, have two boys (Parker and Kent). He's an Apple fan and all around techie who loves Angry Birds and Words With Friends.

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