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    by Carmen Schroeder

A Bug's Life
Date Posted: August 17, 2007
Four things on the earth are small; nevertheless, they are very wise - the ants, a species not strong, yet they store up their food in the summer; the coneys, a species with little power, yet they make their home in the rocks; the locusts, who have no king, yet they all march out in ranks; and the spiders, which you can catch in your hand, yet they are in the king's palace. - Proverbs 30:24-28 What immeasurably rich insight there is in the Word of God. Contained within these few verses lie deep and practical wisdom as recorded by Agur. How can our daily living benefit from the practices of these four small creatures? Let's see... the ants, a species not strong, yet they store up their food in the summer: 1. Diligent Preparation - God's order of diligently preparing for today and tomorrow! ...the coneys, a species with little power, yet they make their home in the rocks: 2. Solid Foundation - God's order of building and abiding on the Solid Foundation He has already laid! ...the locusts, who have no king, yet they all march out in ranks: 3. Joyful Cooperation - God's order of working together effectively! ...and the spiders, which you can catch in your hand, yet they are in the king's palace: 4. Future Exaltation - God's order of setting the lowly in high places! The plans of all the above creatures achieved great success! They each are in the habit of beautifully fulfilling the purposeful works that their Creator designed for them (Ephesians 2:10). They do not quarrel with God that their plans are superior to His. They do not hold private assemblies to come up with alternative ways to achieve their goals. They simply walk in the plan He has given them. Think about this: The Ant doesn't complain about the work to be done...The Coney doesn't bother with unstable foundations...The Locust doesn't covet any position other than the one he occupies...and the Spider doesn't scheme to gain an honorable position by exalting himself. God places him there. Now, if we, His Chosen, could learn the ways of these small creatures (which undeniably, we too, are), our plans would achieve great success, too! Proverbs 16:3 says "If you entrust all you do to ADONAI, your plans will achieve success." Are you operating in God's ORDER for you? Are you (& I) attuned to the will of God in order to ensure our plans achieve the great success He has prepared for us? Father God, may You give us wisdom, conviction, clarity and courage to entrust to You what is already Yours, all of me & all of Your blessings. We willingly commit these works to You today. In Jesus Christ's Name, my Solid Foundation - Amen. Word of Wisdom: God doesn't want a place in your life. He demands and deserves preeminence. God's Throne is not a duplex. - Adrian Rogers

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Biography Information:
Carmen Schroeder is the stay-at-home mother of one son, Caleb, and three daughters, Bethany, Kaitlyn, and Kierstyn (ages 6-12). She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they serve the LORD in Missouri.

Carmen enjoys encouraging other women with the life-changing Word of God through teaching, mentoring and song in conferences and workshops.

Carmen's testimony is one of victory as 1 John 5:4,5 (AMP) says: 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Her message is that this Christ is the One Who generously gives heavenly wisdom for victorious living.

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