This month I’ve been studying Proverbs 30:24-28, and it is both convicting and encouraging to read these four examples of wisdom in the lives of the weakest creatures. This week, my post is about verse 26. Here we learn about the coney, or hyrax, a little rabbit-sized creature that lives in rocky cliffs. Here’s the text:
26 coneys are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
The word “power” here encompasses two different ideas: powerful and numerous. This word could be used accurately to describe a vast nation that conquers other peoples with its massive army. Clearly coneys are not in such a position of prestige and strength. They are not only weak individually, but they are small in numbers as well. They aren’t about to march out and take over the animal kingdom. But even though they are so small and defenseless, the coneys have nothing to fear. Why not? The key is in the second half of the verse: they make their home in the crags. The crags are a place of safety. With their slight build and strong claws, they were designed to climb rocks. Not so for most of the other animals! The coneys can hide in the crags all day long, and most of the animals big enough to prey on them would be unable to attack. The crags are a place of refuge. That is the key idea of this verse: refuge. Even though the coneys are physically unimpressive, they have one piece of knowledge that keeps them safer than any fearsome teeth or rippling muscles ever could. They know where they can find refuge, and they make their dwelling place there.
The application here is as simple as it is powerful. Spiritually, we are fallen, creatures of little power. Our enemy has many temptations that he uses to ensnare us, and we sometimes have to face them alone. But we have a refuge far safer than the crags. We have our Father God, All-Powerful creator of the universe, on our side! Even though we are powerless, He holds all the power in creation, and He loves us. If we are wise, we will make our home with Him.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.