Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Conies In The Rocks

by Donna L. Watkins

David and Solomon speak of conies in Psalms and Proverbs and one translation calls them "rock badgers." In Hebrew the word is 'shaphan' which means “the hider.” “Coney” is an obsolete English word for “rabbit.”

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The coney is an animal which inhabits the mountain gorges and the rocky districts of Arabia Petraea and the Holy Land. It's about the size and color of a rabbit, though clumsier, and not able to run fast like one.

It looks like a mole, but the feet are not formed for digging. So he makes use of his own design and skills and takes refuge in the rocks. They are small and weak (like we feel in our worst hours), yet they have the wisdom to find security in the rocks.

The spiritual comparison is compelling. Aren't we instructed to take refuge in The Rock? Like the badger we can only find real true security in The Rock. This message of security given by the Lord is found throughout scripture:

Ps. 18:2: "The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust...."

Ps. 40:2 "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a Rock, and established my goings."

Ps. 61:2 "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."

1Cor. 10:4 "...for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."

So what's the message of the coney for us?

Realize who you are in Christ and live as part of God's redeemed family. You have direct access to the Father and all the blessings and privileges that come with it.

Recognize your limitations don't limit God. You were never designed to operate in your own strength trying to provide your own refuge from the storms of life. God gives us support at either side of us and He is the Rock that will always stand firm no matter what your trial. Trials come and go, and they go a lot faster if we press into Christ, the Rock, to weather them.

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