by Lori Henry
Mar25MonMarch 25, 2019 Lori Henry
ORIGINAL POST: OCTOBER 17, 2017
I really like to watch nature documentaries about animals. I like to learn about their habits, diets, and where they're from.
Not long ago I watched a documentary about a very interesting animal. This animal is native to Africa, specifically, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The nickname of this animal is "Honey Eater of the Cape." They look very similar to the skunks we see in the United States, but are larger, and much fiercer. They, just like our skunks, have glands that can secrete a foul smell. They are very strong. They have very sharp teeth, are fearless, and notoriously mean! They can rip thick wooden planks off of hen houses, and burrow under rock foundations. The animal that I'm talking about is the Honey Badger.
While watching the documentary, I learned that when mama Honey Badger takes her young out to learn hunting skills, they eat a wide variety of food, including, insects, frogs, tortoises, rodents, turtles, lizards, snakes, eggs and birds. While all of these delicacies are yummy and nourishing for the baby badgers, there is one food source that is challenging, and not without its dangers.
Honey Badgers are not afraid to take on the dreaded scorpion! As the mama led her babies to scorpions, I watched in fascination as the baby badger would lunge at the scorpion. Not quite skilled at staying away from the scorpion's tail, the badger would receive a sudden sting!
Once stung, the baby honey badger would recoil in obvious pain. The venom from the scorpion would literally begin to cause paralysis in the badger! After a few minutes, the badger would get up, and shake off the terrible side effects of the sting. What happened next was a lesson to me! I thought for sure that the baby badger, having had enough, would turn tail and run! Not so! That little badger would go after the scorpion again and again, and again and again the scorpion would render a painful, paralyzing sting!
The narrator explained that after a while, the honey badger would become desensitized to the effects of the sting. He would, through time, be able to go after the scorpion, and not even notice the side effects!
I couldn't help but think how we, as Christians, can be just like that little honey badger! We, too, can become desensitized. What once bothered us as Christians may not bother us any longer. When we hear of the horrific sins being committed in the world, do we turn a deaf ear? What once broke our hearts, knowing it broke God's heart, might not cause as much pain in us anymore. When we first trusted Christ as our Savior, maybe we were very careful not to curse, drink, or use any substance that could harm our body, but now, that "sting" has a numbing effect, and we really don't care anymore. Do we keep "going back again and again" to the harmful effects of sin? The "sting" of sin that once "paralyzed" us with a grieving heart may be becoming easier and easier to do!
David became desensitized to sin. He saw someone else's wife bathing on a rooftop, had her brought to him, and committed adultery. Sting #1. After learning that she was carrying his child, David tried to get Bathsheba's husband drunk and have him lie with his wife, so that David's sin would be covered. Sting #2. When that didn't work, because of Uriah's loyalty as a soldier not engaging in pleasure while men were in battle, David had him sent into the heat of the battle, knowing he would die. Sting #3. Uriah did die. Sting #4. When they told David that Uriah and other men died because of David's command, he said, "The sword devours one as well as another!" Oh, well.... whatever! Sting #5. David became desensitized to sin. We know that David eventually acknowledged his sin, and turned back to God, and we can, too. But God doesn't want us to go down that path.
Peter 3:10-13 says, "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew--or shun evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
Let's not become desensitized to sin! Don't be a honey badger!