GOD’S WORD FOR SEPTEMBER 3
GOD’S WORD FOR SEPTEMBER 3 ~ ~ Song of Solomon 2:12 ~ ~ “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (dove) is heard in our land….”
“You know this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Now everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;”
There is a lot more to bird song than meets the ear. Digital recording and computer technology have enabled researchers to study, in detail, various song-birds’ reactions to neighboring birds’ songs.
In most species, singing is the male’s job. There is much more going on when he sings than simply establishing territory or attracting a mate. Researchers refer to one characteristic of bird song as “song matching.” While a male bird doesn’t like another male in his territory, he is more tolerant of a related male in a neighboring territory than of a complete stranger. A male will challenge a stranger by repeating the stranger’s song. Researchers have concluded from bird behavior that such “matching” is a challenge to the stranger and shows a willingness to increase aggressive behavior. Just as when people argue, birds raise the aggression level by beginning their song before their challenger finishes his.
However, as long as the neighbor shows no aggressiveness, male birds seldom match a neighbor’s song. Decreased aggression is signaled by singing a song that’s different from the neighbor’s. Researchers also observed that rather than territory, the challenger is sometimes simply trying to lure away a male’s mate.
So when we hear two birds answering each other, we assume they are courting each other. Maybe not so. Just as human communication is complicated, so it is with animals. Man has not yet touched on the knowledge of the world of communication in God’s creation.
Communication is important to humans, we know that. But, without the wisdom of God to guide mankind in both communication and societal laws, things go amuck. We are witnessing this in our society today.
Evil thrives on mis-communication and on unwise emotional communication. Both of these can be eliminated by each of us getting and keeping our relationship alive and thriving with Jesus Christ!
“For, The one who desires life, to love and see good days, Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.”
“Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”