Job 39:13-18 (NKJV) “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s? For she leaves her eggs on the ground, and warms them in the dust; she forgets that a foot may crush them, or that a wild beast may break them. She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers. Her labor is in vain, without concern, because God deprived her of wisdom, and did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense. Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.”
Pride in one’s ability or station in life can hinder God’s best for ourselves and those around us. Take the ostrich for example; she is a fast as a horse, a creature of great speed and power. Yet she lacks enough wisdom to nurture what she has labored to produce.
Sometimes our children disappoint us, just as we disappoint our father in heaven through disobedience. Yet, it is our first priority to nurture what we have produced, but we cannot do it alone. I’m sure no child was born with a manual taped to his bottom, but our heavenly father knows what we need beforehand to rear our children in truth and obedience. The Father has given us his holy word and he tells us in (James 1:5) that if anyone lacks in wisdom, ask and it shall be given to you.
Wisdom is not an inherent trait for every creature; God shows us that in his conversation with Job about the Ostrich that was not endowed with wisdom or good sense. Sometimes we have to ask for what is missing in our lives. It is not that God made us inadequate to perform our purpose, but he needs us to understand that we must rely on his strength to perform at the highest level (Habakkuk 3:19).
What good is it that the Ostrich runs with great speed? So that she can save herself and her race from the enemy? What does saving herself profit her kind, if her children lay in the dust to be trampled on? What will become of her generation?
If your attention has been focused on aspirations that move you in a direction that is away from God’s purpose, take the time to reconsider your priorities. This cannot be done alone, so take the time now to pray, asking God to take the lead in your life and endow you with wisdom and direction, so you in turn, can lead a generation.
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