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GOD’S WORD FOR AUGUST 2 ~ ~ John 14:6~ ~ “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Naturalists are discovering that many animals use a variety of plants and other items to treat their illnesses. Animals often know about the medicinal properties of plants when modern medicine has yet to learn about them. God has given them instinct, which connects them with their Creator God so He can guide them in His will for them.

Recently naturalists noticed that one of the monkeys in the African preserve under their care had become lethargic, lost her appetite and obviously had a severe gastric upset. A few hours after she became sick, she started munching on a native shrub that is not a normal part of the monkey’s diet. She chewed the plant, swallowed the bitter juice and spit out the pulp. By the next afternoon, her symptoms were gone and she was feeling better. After a little research, scientists discovered that local tribes use juices from the same plant to treat intestinal upset and loss of appetite.

Studies of the juices of a root that bears rub into their coats show that the bears are using an effective insecticide. Scientists have observed elephants, monkeys, birds and bears eating a variety of things that were not a normal part of their diet, only to discover that the things being eaten had medicinal properties. Most amazing is that the animals know how best to take their medicine. If a leaf is best swallowed whole to kill intestinal parasites, it will be swallowed unchewed!

Who other than the Great Physician Himself could have taught the animals this medicine?

Man, unlike animals, has a special connection to God. We are connected to God in a spiritual way. He speaks to our spirits through His Holy Spirit after we’re born again. Yet, also unlike the animals, sometimes we don’t listen. We’re too busy not obeying His other command to not worry, and to not seek after the things of this world.

Luke 12:29

“And seek not what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, neither be of doubtful mind.”

Animals don’t doubt Him. They simply obey His voice through what we call instinct. How else would they know what substances are medicinal for them and just how to administer them?

Matthew 10:29

“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”

How can we doubt His care for us if we truly believe every Word of Scripture? How can we doubt the path to salvation if we truly believe every word? Jesus said it point blank, “You MUST be born again”

We put ourselves below animals when we doubt our Lord’s salvation and provision. Surely, Jesus said, we are worth much more.

Luke 12:7

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Let’s study His promises, and live in the peace that they give us.

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