I believe that there is a principle of compensation in God’s dealing with His creatures. If an animal lives in a particularly harsh environment, they seem especially endowed to survive in that environment. A small antelope called a Klipspringer is such an animal. They are uniquely adapted for their life among the rocks. Each individual hair in its coat is hollow and almost quill-like, making its coat like an air mattress. This provides good insulation and, should the antelope fall, it is effective in cushioning. It is a master of balance, with hooves ingeniously adapted to provide incredible grip on the rocks. They can be seen running up rock faces that are nearly straight up and clinging to the narrowest of ledges where predators cannot follow. Since there is a scarcity of water in their rocky environment, they require little, if any, drinking water.
I have observed this principle in the lives of people. I do not presume to understand why for some of God’s choice people life is very hard and for others it is easier. I have two friends in particular that are strong men in the faith, yet both are suffering prolonged illnesses. However, God has given them extraordinary grace, victorious spirits, and amazing testimonies of His love and goodness to them.
There is an incredible example of this principle of compensation in Deuteronomy 33:25. It is the account of the blessing of the tribes of Israel before they entered the Promised Land. Moses said to the tribe of Asher, “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be”. According to the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary, Asher’s inheritance was the rocky coast from Carmel to Sidon. Shoes of iron and brass would be suited for the sharp, flinty rocks of this area. The promise additionally gives the assurance that “and as thy days, so shall thy strength be”. Gill’s Exposition of the Bible suggests it may denote such a measure of strength given as is proportioned to the events that daily befall.
The hymn “He Giveth More Grace” beautifully expresses God’s rule of compensation:
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
All of us will likely experience ‘life among the rocks’ at some time or another. For some it will be of short duration, but for others it will prolonged. We can have the courage to face the future without fear because of God’s compensatory grace.
He Will Equip Us For Life Among The Rocks
~ Brother Roy