“The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” Joshua 24:11-13
How many of you love hornets, let see a show of hands?
I thought so. Hornets are the worst!
Every spring they begin again making their papery nests behind our window shutters and under our front porch. Every year we spray to kill as many as we can, and every year they begin again…building, building, building.
As much as they are a nuisance to me and mine, hornets provide a valuable service to God. They pollinate his gardens, become food sources for his birds (I hear Magpies love them!), and in some cases hornets have been used of God to route armies and ensure victory for his kids.
Hornets serve as valuable tools in the hand of our mighty God!
As I pen this devotional, I’m aware that some of you you might have a few hornets buzzing around your heads. I say that tongue in cheek, because I’m not really writing about hornets here, but metaphorical hornets; those difficult people in your life that seem to serve no purpose but to plague you.
It might be tempting to think, “If only that one could be removed from my life, everything would be fine. Oh, how I wish God would take him/her away; far, far away.”
I’ve been there, and I know your pain, but here’s the thing: That hard to handle hornet in your life is there for a reason. God knows they plague you, and He knows you wish them gone, but he has a purpose for them in your life today.
Today, let’s try to see the hornets in our lives a little differently.
Let’s practice forgiveness.
Let’s thank God for them despite the sting they often inflict, and let’s ask Him to bless them abundantly today.
If we can do that, JUST THAT, even as they continue to cause us pain, we will have achieved something wonderful in our attempts to be more like Jesus.
Our Lord, when crucified said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).” Your hornets don’t know either. If they did, they wouldn’t make life miserable for the Lord’s anointed.
Today, let’s pray good things for our enemies, for in so doing, we become more exact images of the Lord who blessed us when we, ourselves, were hornets.
What do you find the hardest part of forgiving? When have you acted the hornet in someone else’s life?