The reality hit me between the eyes, It was as if I was smacked in the head with a baseball bat! My dad had just gently shared the “principle of the weakest” in nature to me.
My pride and joy Brittney Spaniel had just days earlier had her first litter of pups. And in a child-like bond, I was totally committed to these new little pups. If anything I was probably hovering way too much. It was in those first minutes of the day that I ran to check on them when I noticed several of the cutest pups were missing.
It was the two small runts that I was especially fond of and now they were gone! It was the sound of panic and desperation in my voice that brought my father to share the truth about how animals get rid of the weakest to save the others. It was such a shock to my young mind that it took awhile for me to work through before I could look favorably on my dog again.
In the animal kingdom it is a natural cycle of life. It was this same concept in the animal and plant world that motivated Charles Darwin to coin the phrase “survival of the fittest.” Most of us have watched television shows focused on how wolves creep up and take out the weak in the herds of elk, caribou or other animals.
I am sure you’re wondering, “Wwhat in the world does this have to do with your walk with God?” Right?
Well, we have established that in the animal kingdom that the “survival of the fittest” is not only normal, it is a must for the cycle of life to be successful even at the expense of the weaker animal’s sacrifice.
But if we look at the character of our heavenly father, we see a different standard. The scripture says in Matthew 12:20-21: “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench.”
We even see where Jesus used the parable of the lost sheep and how a man should leave the 99 to find the one. (Matthew 18:12) God doesn’t do away with us when we are down and out. He said he would never leave us nor forsake us. In John 10:10-12 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But … he who is not the shepherd … sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.”
All through the Bible we see different examples of those who were in the valley of life, yet God redeemed them and restored them.
When God proudly used Job as a example to the devil, God allowed Job to get pretty feeble. His friends with words even began to “kick him while he was down” and his wife even told him to curse God and die (Job 2:9). David also seemed to have more than his share of times when he was hurting or down cast by society. Yet God didn’t do away with either of them or take them out of the herd. God went so far as calling David a man after his own heart (Acts 13:22-23).
I was told when I was younger that if we deal with everyone as a hurting person we will be right 90 percent of the time. Whether that is entirely correct or not, I have personally decided that I am going to be Christ-like and not devour but help those who are hurting and downcast.
Bill Virgin blog’s at www.billvirgin.com. He is a speaker, author of several books and pastor. Bill and his wife Laurie pastor Life Christian Center and have four daughters. He has a Doctorate of Theology.