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The exterior shell

If we’re honest, we’ll admit some parts of God’s creation grab our attention easier than others — the spectacle of falling stars, the bold colors of a summer sunset, the innate drive within certain birds to flee to southern climates during the winter.

But God made everything on Earth with beauty and purpose. In Proverbs 30, the writer shows us how even a handful of tiny, seemingly inconsequential species are truly amazing, including the common ant. Ants are basic in body and able to be squashed with a foot. Yet they are tireless workers who can carry many times their own weight. They plan ahead and forage food to store away for desolate months. Looking at their exterior, you would never consider ants important or able to do much at all.

To look at some of us, one might think we are weak, withdrawn and unable to make significant contributions toward building of God’s kingdom. But like the ants, we are more than meets the eye. Some of the weakest individuals, the smallest among the greatest, have been the chosen vessels for God’s work. Think about Moses, a terrible public speaker who God used to lead Israel out of Egypt. Little David, the youngest, smallest brother who became a mighty warrior and king. Even a young teen named Mary, through whom God brought a savior into the world.

We are infinitely capable when we allow God’s power to work in us and through us to accomplish His purposes. So let’s stop judging others from the outside, and stop judging ourselves, as well.


  • What is one thing God is asking you to do that requires you to trust Him to accomplish it by His power in you?
  • What is one step you can take today to begin doing it?
  • Is there any area of your life where you are judging yourself or others? 

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