The Lesson of the Squirrel
The story is told of a woman who had a pet squirrel. She enjoyed watching the little squirrel eat the peanuts, pecans, and other kinds of nuts she would set out for it each morning. Each morning she would watch the squirrel deftly, yet laboriously separate the outer shell from the inner meat. Once the nuts had been opened and the prize within had been eaten the squirrel would go merrily on its way leaving the husks scattered on the back porch. After a few weeks of enjoying the squirrel but having to clean up the mess, the woman came up with an idea. If she put out nuts that had already been shelled she would do the squirrel the favor of not having to work so hard at getting the food. She would also do herself a favor by not having a mess to clean up each time. Well a strange thing happened when she did that. The little squirrel slowly got sick and eventually died. You see, God designed the squirrel with the need to break open the shell of these nuts. They kept the squirrel’s teeth in shape.
I think there is a good lesson in this for us. David said, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11) The Apostle Paul also told Timothy to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) The lesson of the squirrel and the teaching of the scripture both tell us that we can in no way be healthy Christians if we neglect putting the time, effort, and work into knowing the Word of God. We see the devastating effect this has had on our culture, which by any reasonable measure is quite sick. What is most concerning, however, is the attitude of many who call themselves Christians yet subscribe to many of the attitudes of the world. This is often directly related to their lack of interest and concern for what the Word of God says. What we all need to remember is what Jesus said in Matthew 24. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word will never pass away.” Our interest and commitment to the Word of God WILL have an effect on our spiritual health, so an important question we should all ask ourselves is “How am I feeling today?”