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Four Little Things Upon the Earth (3): The Locusts

Four Little Things Upon the Earth (3): The Locusts

Tricia Mingerink

 

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands. — Proverbs 30:24, 27

 

The littlest locust buzzed along with his swarm of all his family and friends and lots and lots of acquaintances. They didn’t have a leader, but the wind blew at their backs and carried them along.

A wheat field opened up ahead, and the locusts landed. They ate and they ate and they ate. The farmer came out and tried to squish them or scare them away, but there were too many locusts.

Eventually, the wheat was gone, and the wind rose. The locusts, including the littlest locust, launched themselves into the wind and let it carry them along.

A barley field lay ahead, and the locusts landed. They ate and they ate and they ate. The farmer came out and tried to squish them or scare them away, but there were too many locusts.

Eventually, the barley was gone, and the wind rose. The locusts, including the littlest locust, launched themselves into the wind and let it carry them along.

A grape vineyard lay ahead, and the locusts landed. They ate and they ate and they ate. The farmer came out and tried to squish them or scare them away, but there were too many locusts.

Eventually, the grapes were gone, and the wind rose. The locusts, including the littlest locust, launched themselves into the wind and let it carry them along. As long as they stuck together and followed the breeze, they had plenty of food to eat.

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The Bible tells us to take wisdom from even a pest like the locusts. Locusts are big grasshoppers that eat and eat until they destroy all the plants in the area. They are a pest that farmers try to kill or keep away.

Yet there is something we can learn from the locusts, even if they are pests. The locusts don’t have a set leader who rules over them, but they still stick together and work together. In the church, we are to be very much like the locusts. We are to be nice to each other and help each other since we are children of God coming together as a church. We are not to be mean to each other or exclude each other or say bad things about each other. This can be hard to do since we are all sinners and still prone to doing bad things.

We are also not to be too focused on an early leader. Our minister and elders may lead the church, and we are to honor them as leaders, but ministers will move to different churches eventually. Elders change every few years. Yet the church remains a family of believers following God’s word together. Our focus should be on being fed the true word of God.

 

Originally published April 2020, Vol 79 No 4