The Light of Life Magazine
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June 2011

TELL ME WHY
WHY SHOULD I BE LIKE A CONEY?


Vijay Thangiah

In Proverbs 30:26 we read, "The conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks." A coney is a small cute soft rabbit-like animal. A fur ball without a tail. To the fox the coney looks like an easy meal. The poor little animal has no horns, no claws, no poisonous sting, no quills, no skunk-like perfume, no defence. But they are perfectly safe from their predators. Why? The sharp eyes of this little animal can spot the approaching coyote or fox. Instantly the defenceless little coney dives down deep between the rocks where he is altogether safe. He is protected by the rocks. In order for a grizzly bear to get him for supper, the bear would have to knock down a mountain of rocks.

An eagle can dive down at 160 kmph to get a rabbit, but the same eagle will not do that to the coney. Why? Because, imagine what an eagle would look like hitting the rock at that speed. One minor miscalculation and the king of birds would be killed. The cute little coney knows it is weak. It knows, it must run to something more powerful for protection. It is smart enough to go to the rock.

What Can We Learn?
When exposed to danger or risk, we should wisely hide ourselves from the threat. Rather than foolishly exposing ourselves to trouble, we should protect ourselves from loss by hiding ourselves in the rock.

The Apostle Peter urges us to "Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet. 5:8).

The most courageous coney in the world is no match for even the smallest lion! Fortunately, the coney is wise enough to know that his strength lies not in what he can do, but what the mountain's shelter can do for him.

If we have the brains of a coney, we will realise where our strength lies -- in the "firm foundation" (2 Tim. 2:19) of the mountain being Jesus Christ, who is the Rock of our salvation. "Be strong in the Lord," the Scripture urges us, "and in the power of His might" (Eph. 6:10). That's right! "It's not by (our) might, nor by (our) power, but by His Spirit, says the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).

Run To The Rock
There are several scriptures mentioning Jesus Christ as being the Rock; here are a few:

After being delivered from the hands of his enemies, David cried out: "The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust; he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my Saviour; You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies" (2 Sam. 22:2-4).

David, feeling overwhelmed with sorrow, cried out to God: "Lead me to the rock that is higher than I" (Psa. 61:2).

David, reflecting on prior victories, praises God by saying: "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble" (Psa. 9:10)

David prays to God for His forgiveness, deliverance, and protection: "Bow down Your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be my rock of refuge, a rock of defence to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me, and guide me" (Psa. 31:2-3).

David reflects on how God has helped him in the past: "He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps" (Psa. 40:2).

David celebrated victory over his enemies by praising God with this psalm: "The Lord lives; blessed be my Rock; let the God of my salvation be exalted" (Psa. 18:46).

We as Christians will experience trials and tribulations in our lives; and, at many times, we may feel weak. But Paul says in I Corinthians 12:9-10, "When I am weak, He (Jesus) is strong." Therefore, we must build our foundation on the Rock -- Jesus Christ. When the enemy attacks, where do you run for safety? Run to the ROCK!




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