Walk Worthy (Beasts That Teach)

Job 12:7… “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee” (KJV).

Ephesians 4:1… “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (KJV). Paul wrote this admonition because many of the saints in Ephesus were returning to their pre-conversion lifestyle (vv. 17-20). “You didn’t learn that from Christ,” Paul states. “If you learned anything from Christ, it was the importance of walking worthy.” Jesus never encourages Christians to return to the lifestyle He saved them from. Psalm 101:6 says, “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.” The faithful of the land are those who walk worthy. The words “walk worthy” refer to doctrine and practice. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and believe what He says, we ought to walk worthily. What we believe and what we practice must be in harmony. Paul uses the word “vocation”; it refers to the course of action that has been set out for you. Paul wrote to the Philippian church and said, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27, NIV).

Job 12:7… “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee” (KJV). Proverbs 30:29-31… “There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.” The word “comely” means “to be well, to make well, to sound beautiful, to be happy and successful, to show skill, or to be accepted.” The Holy Spirit points to God’s creation to teach us how to walk worthy. The word “comely” also means “nothing misshapen or deformed,” but “balanced and in order.” Job, in this verse, is referring to character development. We can learn some basics from these four beasts. Let’s see what they can teach us.

The lion… The lion is the strongest among the beasts and does not turn away from any. The characteristics of a lion are boldness, stateliness in walk, fearlessness, pride, strength, persistence, no fear of noise, calmness, control, and being an overcomer (Numbers 23:24, Isaiah 31:4, Proverbs 28:1, Revelation 5:5). The lesson for us is that we need to be a people with strong convictions, a people who prevail over adversity. The lion fixes his eyes upon his prey and will stay with it until he prevails. We too need to fix our eyes upon our goals and stay persistent until those goals are fulfilled. When the Lord gives us a vocation, we need to stay with it until we finish that course. Many start out well, but soon turn away. They were moved by circumstances and lost control of their spirit.

The greyhound… The character traits seen here are gracefulness, swiftness, patience, and endurance. When the greyhound begins to run, its gait is smooth and even. The lesson for us here is that when we set ourselves to run the race God sets before us, we are to be graceful, patience, swift, and with even gaits… and we are to be finishers. Too often, Christians have a good start but they stop and jerk and groan. Many Christians are poor finishers. Walking worthy includes these characteristics of a greyhound. Make your “dog days” days of endurance.

The he-goat… The characteristic here is that of watchfulness. The he-goat is the protector of the flock and a climber, a lover of heights (Psalm 104:18). The lesson for us here is to be watchful and be a protector of your life, your family, and your finances. Breathe the air of the heavenlies. Take responsibility. Walking worthy includes all of these things.

The king…A king against whom there is no rising.” What we see here is good management. Where there is good management there is peace, and freedom from worry, frustration, and anxiety. There is respect because authority is used correctly. Many Christians are poor managers of their lives, and many are irresponsible. We ought to be good guardians of our talents, our skills, our gifts, our possessions, and our bodies. Many in our society do not trust Christians because they see that belief and practice are not in harmony. Walk worthy… God has set you on a course. Be “comely,” and you will be successful.

Pastor George Belobaba

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