A few days ago, we observed that crows are among the most intelligent birds in the world. They can solve complex problems and adapt to tough situations which can easily be seen in the way they gather their food and collect resources.
For today, I want us to momentarily look at one of the most cherished birds among children of 80s: the pigeon. Scriptwriters of mythological, fantasy and historical films always have a place for crows. But the best roles given to these birds in actuality belong to pigeons – passing messages. There’s a reason why pigeons have been used numerous times throughout history on places like battlefields. They are extremely good at geolocation and studies have shown that they have a fantastic ability to remember people and places throughout their life.
The intelligence level of some of these animals is astounding. The genetic variation and adaptation in animals are astonishing.
It was the great preacher of the 19th Century Charles Haddon Spurgeon who said of John Bunyan, “If you cut him, he’d bleed Scripture!” According to recorded history, Spurgeon was right. John Bunyan is one of the most brilliant minds in Christian circles to have adorned the earth. His brilliance had a source, and this source was the Scripture. John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress in an English prison after being arrested for his beliefs and refusal to stop preaching. It is considered one of the most significant works in English literature, has never been out of print, and is believed to be the second-most printed book of all-time behind the Bible. Its massive literary influence is seen in the full title of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist: or The Parish Boy’s Progress and reached Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, William Thackeray, and John Steinbeck among other literary giants.
A glimpse into Daniel’s life
In the book of Daniel 10:12, we encounter the man Daniel and an angel of the Lord. The angel of the Lord had been sent to deliver an answer to Daniel’s prayer. In this text, several things come out clearly.
First, we cannot gain understanding until we set our mind on it. I am talking about God’s knowledge (The Bible warns us against leaning on human understanding – Prov. 3:5) This mean as I wake up each morning, I am always telling myself, ‘today I want to be enriched with God’s wisdom/understanding’, and I go out of my way to mine it from the Scripture.
Second, gaining understanding and humility go hand in hand. Daniel did not only set his mind on gaining understanding but also humbling himself before God. Networking, affluence and intellectual prowess can take us up the mountain, but it is only humility that can keep us there.
Third, Daniel’s prayer was heard by God because he first set His mind to gain wisdom and to humble before Him. Daniel’s priority was to get grounded in God’s understanding. He mixed this with humility. The outcome was answered prayer.
Where did Daniel gain understanding from? The answer is in Psalm 119:130 -The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts knowledge to the simple. The Bible for all and sundry. It is for the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker
Our Godly understanding can decrease, remain stagnant, either increase exponentially or arithmetically depending on how frequent we engage the Scripture.
Unfortunately, we can’t become intelligent by reading newspapers twenty-four seven. We can’t become wise by reading bestsellers twenty-four seven. We can’t wax above average by spending twenty-four hours on Facebook. Neither do we become discerning by being glued on HBO the whole weekend.
We only realise this by engaging the Scripture regularly. It is my prayer that you understand these matters correctly. And I hope that it makes you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.