Lesson 9

"What Hath God Wrought?"

(Proverbs 3, 6, 8 & 30)
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Introduction: Have you ever thought about what a painting says about the artist? What a book says about the author? What a song says about the composer? What does God's creation say about Him? Solomon tells us that God's creation teaches us lessons for life and teaches us about God. Let's jump in and find out what we can learn!

  1. Ants


    1. Read Proverbs 6:6-11. Who is counseled to consider the ant? (The lazy person.)


      1. Why does the text (v.7) point out that the ant has no ruler? What is the point of saying that? (The ant does not need someone to urge him on to work. This urges us to be "self-starters.")


      2. Why is it important for the ant to gather and store in summer and the harvest? (When the work is there, when it is available, the ant does what is needed.)


        1. What is the lesson for us in that?


      3. How many of you wish you had more sleep? What does more sleep do for us according to these verses?


        1. Those of you who need more sleep, ask yourself if you are sleep-deprived because of your work or because of watching television, reading books or spending time on similar recreational activities?


      4. Why is too much sleep like an armed robber? (Laziness will deprive you of your stuff just like a robber.)


      5. Some say they should give extra money to God's program now and trust God for the future - as opposed to saving for the future. What does this text about the ant suggest?


      6. We see practical lessons in these verses about the ant. Do you see any spiritual lessons?


        1. Consider Matthew 6:26-28. Does this teach us a contrary spiritual lesson to the lesson of the ant? (The issue is worry, not work. God does not want us to worry. I do not think He is counseling us to just rest.)


    2. Read Proverbs 30:24-25. Here Proverbs is saying something good and something bad about ants. What is good and what is bad? (They are not very strong, but they store up food when it is available.)


      1. What is the Proverbs' point for us in this verse? (We can make up for deficiencies, by hard work and persistence.)


      2. Do you find a spiritual lesson in these verses?


  1. The Coney


    1. Read Proverbs 30:26. Anyone know about a Coney? (Some translate this as a type of rabbit, others as a type of badger. Since the rabbits I know are nothing like badgers, I do not know what kind of an animal is being described. What I can say with some assurance is that it is smaller than an elephant.)


    2. What lesson do you learn about life from the example of the coney? That we should live in brick houses? (I see an economic lesson. Coneys make up for a lack of strength by living in an area where few can go. If you learn a job that few can do, you will prosper. Normally, the fewer people who can do something, the greater the income.)


    3. Do you see a spiritual lesson here? (God is our rock. If we abide in Him, we are protected even though we are weak.)


  2. The Locust


    1. Read Proverbs 30:27. What practical lesson can we learn from the locusts? (Organization is important. If you are organized, it makes you stronger than if you are disorganized.)


      1. Is this a spiritual lesson? (Yes. Some say that we should just let the Holy Spirit lead and organize whatever we do. No actual organization on our part is needed. While we should be looking for the leading of the Holy Spirit, I think we find it here (at least in part) in this text. Organization improves our effectiveness.)


        1. Why do you think the reference to a king is added? (We don't need a dictator in the church to get organized.)


  3. The Lizard


    1. Read Proverbs 30:28. If lizards are so easy to catch, how do they get into a king's palace? (Being small and quick is an advantage.)


      1. Does the king want them in his palace? (No.)


      2. What practical lesson do we learn from this? (Being alert to opportunities, being non-threatening, being quick to adapt can be an advantage. I think this also teaches us that everyone, no matter how weak or insignificant, has a part to do in the kingdom.)


      3. Is there a spiritual lesson in this? (The subtle approach to conversion is sometimes the more effective approach.)


    2. Consider again the introduction to these four creatures. Read Proverbs 30:24. You have heard the expression, "You are a pea-brain!" Of these four creatures, the ant, the coney, the locust and the lizard, only the coney would be able to boast a brain larger than a pea. How can God call these guys wise? (Wisdom is not the same as intelligence. But more than that, God is telling us that we can become wiser by considering these products of His creation.)


  4. The Heavens and Earth


    1. Read Proverbs 3:19-20. You've seen pictures of the earth, tell me what are the "earth's foundations?" It doesn't have any, right? (I'm sure Solomon had never seen a "space picture" of the earth, but the picture makes the "foundations" no less marvelous. Indeed, it makes it like no foundation man has ever devised. Imagine if we could "harness" the power of gravity for travel.)


      1. Not exactly understanding the power of gravity leads to the next conclusion in verse 19, "by understanding He set the heavens in place." What about the heavens shows unbelievable intelligence and power? (The universe is expanding at just the right rate so that it does not fly apart (as gravity weakens) or implode (as gravity strengthens).)


      2. What is marvelous about (v.20) the clouds dropping dew? (The whole water cycle of the earth is fabulous engineering. Maybe some fool has a theory for the evolution of the inanimate objects involved in the water cycle, but I believe this is evidence of a Master Designer.)


        1. Can you waste water? (If you are paying for water I assume you can waste your money. Otherwise, water recycles itself. I remember as a kid in a campground some lady yelling at me for having the water on a little too long as I was brushing my teeth. Now that this is just a distant memory from childhood I wonder: a) Where I was brushing my teeth (a public bathroom?) so that ladies would be present; and, b)Whether that lady thought that once the water went down the drain it was lost forever.)


    2. Read Psalms 19:1-6. We study this text so much! What would you say to someone who worships the sun? Why would you conclude, looking at the heavens, that you should worship God instead of the Sun? (It would be like giving credit to a Ford car instead of Henry Ford.)


      1. Are the heavens intended to speak to us? (Our lesson directs us to look at all the communication words in these verses: declare, proclaim, speech, language, voice.)


    3. Read Proverbs 8:12, 27-30. Starting with verse 12, Solomon describes the power of wisdom. What role did wisdom play in the creation of the world? (Verse 30 tells us wisdom was the "craftsman at [God's] side" in the creation. Do you see what an attack on the wisdom and holiness of God to accept the theory of evolution? It is a denial of God's wisdom and power.)


    1. Read Psalms 8:3-4. What is the motive behind those who deny God's authority and power as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe? (If God is the power behind the universe it means that man is not the ruler of the universe. It is a matter of pride and arrogance.)


    2. Let's read on, Psalms 8:5-9. Is the pride back?


    3. Friend, God has lessons for us in His creation. Will you take the time to learn and profit from it?


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