Monday, April 25, 2016

Jewel # 246 (April 17, 2016)


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“And they shall be mine, saith the LORD,
Of hosts, in that day when I 
make up MY JEWELS.”
(Malachi 3:17)

To my dear grandchildren,

The Vicious Wolverine
(Part 2)

“Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.
Remember his marvellous works that He hath done.”
(1 Chronicles 16:11-12)

When hunting, a wolverine is not fast but determined.  If it cannot overtake its prey quickly, it may follow it day after day, until the pursed animal is exhausted and finally caught.  Besides animals and birds, a wolverine eats birds’ eggs, wild fruit and honey.  Ripping beehives open, it is not concerned with the bees because its long, shaggy hair protects it from stings.

While not challenging people openly, the wolverine seems to delight in stealing bait from traps and devouring animals caught in them.  After cleaning out one trap, it usually proceeds along the trap line and tears to shreds other captured animals, making their fur worthless.

The wolverine is usually a night hunter, but if out in daylight, it hides quickly when a human is near.  In the absence of humans, it will break into a cabin, tearing bars off doors, ripping shingles or sheet metal from roofs, pulling screens off and smashing windows—anything to get inside.  Once inside, the damage continues as it eats available food and destroys what it cannot eat.  A mischievous raccoon will occasionally do this too, but the wolverine is worse—smashing lamps, pulling shelves down, tearing clothes apart and ruining other things by spraying its bad-smelling musk.  Hasn’t sin made it an awful creature?

Each year in May or June, two or three young cubs are born in a well-hidden, underground den.  They are blind at birth and weigh less than a pound.  They are carefully protected by the mother who nurses them for several weeks and then teaches them hunting skills.  While growing up, their  playfulness quickly shows their true nature, for they are rough with each other during mock battles.  After a year or more with the mother, they are able to capture game and soon are on their own.

The wolverine is a ruthless destroyer and remind us of the world’s greatest enemy, Satan.  He also is a destroyer, and his object is to capture the hearts of people tempted by him, leading them into a godless and hopeless life.  But strength to resist Satan is given in these Bible verses:  “What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).

How good it is, as our beginning verse states, to turn to the Lord Jesus as the One to save us from Satan’s power, cleanse away our sins, and who alone can give strength to resist the attacks of that evil one.  

If you have not yet done this, turn to Him as your Saviour today.  

Love you all,
Grandpa

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