Why do salmon leave the cool fast-flowing fresh water streams where they are born and make their way out to the salty sea when they are about two years old? After spending years in the ocean, growing considerably in size, what drives them on to battle against the powerful current, to swim up freshwater streams. Who taught them to climb water falls much higher than they can jump, by swimming and leaping upward, propelling themselves by using their powerful tails against the current?
They do not feed on their journey upstream. This journey may be only a few hundred yards or over two thousand miles depending on the species and the stream. (The longest know journey is 2,400 miles).
Who designed them so that they could get energy from stored fat? When they arrive to where they were born, who instructed them to dig nests (known as ‘redds’) then spawn (lay eggs). Thus, continuing the salmon cycle. Who placed within them the drive to go back to where they were born? With no GPS, what guides them to their birthplace? It was their Creator, the only wise GOD, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
We have all seen flocks of birds flying south in formation. What prompts birds to fly south for the winter, and then return come spring to where they hatched? Men have speculated this and that, but, I know it is their Creator who has motivated and taught them what to do. We are told that it is GOD who gives intelligence, instinct (understanding), and inspiration -HE is behind every good discovery and helpful invention (Job 32:8, 38:36 NLT).
It is stated specifically that GOD chose the man Bezalel for a special job, filled him with the HOLY SPIRIT and gave him ability, understanding and intelligence to do what needed to be done, plus HE gave him the understanding needed to teach others how to do their jobs (Exodus 31:1,35:30-35).
Before people could read, and the subsequent ‘know how’ books were written, how did the farmer know just what to do? The Bible says that “GOD has given him understanding” (Isaiah 28:26).
“The LORD ALMIGHTY is a wonderful teacher, and HE gives the farmer great wisdom (understanding)” (Isaiah 28:29).
Though the Ostrich has great speed and can outrun a horse, and has quite a punch, able to kill a lion with a single kick, why does she not know to bury her eggs? Scripture says that GOD did not give her understanding in that area (Job 39:13-18). That is right, GOD did not teach her that.
One of my daughters was told, by a special ed educator, that her oldest son who, was in kindergarten at the time, could never learn. My daughter took him out of public school, and home schooled him. Bit by bit, he learned as she went over and over the basics. Still, he struggled in some areas, such as with reading, and reading comprehension. Meanwhile, he fell in love with computers. At age seven, he could connect and disconnect computer systems to do amazing things. I go to him when I want to know how to do something on my computer.
When he decided that he needed to know more about computers, in order to do what he wanted to do, he taught himself to read so he could understand computer manuals. He now attends public school and has one special ed class. For that class, he had to make a power point show describing his strengths and weaknesses, for the year end assessment. He had never made one before. Without anyone’s help, he made an astonishingly creative one that amazed all who saw it.
It is GOD who made my grandson, like the ostrich, with strengths and with weaknesses. HE gave the boy great understanding in some areas, while withholding from him the understanding of other things. I don’t know why, but it is all according to GOD purposes, for GOD works all things according to HIS purposes (Ephesians 1:11). Although it may not be as obvious with some, I believe GOD made each of us with both strengths, and weaknesses, according to the specific plan HE has for each of us (Ephesians 2:10).
“Who makes you differ from another? What do you have that you have not received? So if you have received it, why do you boast as though you were not given it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).
Be like my Grandson. Go with the nudges GOD places within you, and use what you have been given, then you will be given more.
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.