Smart as a goose

Sep

05

2022

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Yesterday evening my wife and I were sitting at our dining room table and going over the plans for the new house that we intend to build on our farm. I got up and went to get a glass of iced tea and saw a herd of perhaps a dozen deer grazing in the field across our pond. I grabbed a pair of binoculars as did my wife and we went out on the back porch to watch them.

I was being stealthy and quiet as a mouse when suddenly my wife blared out in a loud voice that they were beautiful. I tried to shush her but all of them picked up their heads and stared right at us. She nonchalantly said they couldn’t hear us from that distance and then she started jockeying around on the porch trying to get a better view. Suddenly the largest deer of the bunch started walking fast for cover and the rest of the herd appeared jittery. The next thing I knew they were running as fast as they could headlong into the thick foliage at the edge of the lake with one small fawn doe hesitating for a moment before she entered the thick cover too.

As we went back inside, I glared at my wife, but she was oblivious to it and was just excited for seeing them. Ugh . . .

I was mulling this over in my mind and I marveled at how God had instilled this defense mechanism in these beautiful animals. It is like an early warning system. We also have a large flock of geese that visit us on occasion, and they similarly have their own early warning defense mechanism. All the geese save one or two are going about their business eating the lush grass that surrounds the lake, stretching, and preening, but generally, at least two of them stand totally erect and serve as lookouts for the rest of the flock. If they see anything they perceive as danger, they loudly begin honking and the entire flock is put on high alert. If the perceived threat persists, they all rise and fly away to a more suitable location.

It is interesting to me that though we are higher developed than any animal in creation “created just a little lower than the angels” that so many people ignore our own early warning system. Millions of people ignore the ravages of excessive drinking of alcohol and gorging themselves into obesity. Amazingly, even after decades of warnings we still see people smoking cigarettes, especially young people. We see dangerous drugs like fentanyl being taken and even governments in many states assisting by making lethal drugs legal. We see unmarried girls getting pregnant and men and women contracting every venereal disease known to mankind. We see cars being built that will exceed 200 mph while the speed limit is not over 80 in any state.

Even more incredible when someone dies due to any of the foregoing God generally gets the blame. Is He responsible when He has tried all that He has to offer, beginning with His Holy Bible and ending with sending His only begotten Son to plead with humanity to take the high road to righteousness instead of the dangerous evil road that leads to destruction?

Whenever one of my kids or grandkids ignores my advice, and as a result, it turns out badly, I have never enjoyed telling them, “I told you so!” I’m sure our Father feels the same way. God is “telling us so” now, every minute of every day, to obey His commands so we can live a good life filled with His blessings.

Whitetail deer and geese instinctively listen, those who don’t generally end up on the dinner plate and filling some hungry predator’s stomach. At the first sign, they detect that something seems amiss they disappear like Casper the friendly ghost. God has instilled in all of us a knowledge of Himself and we innately know right from wrong. Proverbs 2:6 tells us that the Lord gives wisdom that comes from His own mouth — the Word of God — and that the wisdom of God results in knowledge and understanding.

 Believers should be led by wisdom of the Holy Bible.

One of my biggest regrets is that so many of my friends who have passed away would not listen while they had the chance. They rejected Jesus, (the only way to reconcile with God and have everlasting life). I want to mourn for them and bitterly weep instead of telling them “I told you so”.  Sin is serious, otherwise, it would not have been necessary for the Son of God to pay such a heavy price because of it. It is not too late to follow Jesus and abide by His Holy Word the Bible.

Psalm 19:2 tells us that God’s creation reveals the Creator’s knowledge: “Night after night [the skies] display knowledge.” The vastness of God’s knowledge and creative power are on display continually and are clearly seen in what He has created, as Paul reminds us in Romans 1:19. Not only is God’s knowledge infinite, but it is absolute. So if you know that something goes against God’s will just say no. God’s knowledge is absolute and infinite not yours. The Bible tells us in James 4:7, So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. God’s wisdom tells you how to avoid the danger in this one verse. Listen to God’s truth and not the world’s lies.

John 8:32
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

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