The Japanese honeybee has a natural enemy: the giant hornet. Apparently, hornets prey on all kinds of species of bees because they are usually easy to pick off. But in order to be effective, the hornet needs help. When a solitary hornet finds a nest of honeybees, it will mark the nest with a secretion that signals other hornets to come and help. Hornets in the area will quickly congregate and initiate a mass attack on the bee colony.
The Japanese giant hornet is very efficient at wiping out entire hives of honeybees, killing at rates as high as 40 bees per minute. When hornets attack en masse they are virtually impossible for bees to stop. However, bees do have an effective defense. Honeybees can detect the hornet’s secretion and, if they move out and attack the hornet together, can stop it and save the hive every time.
Here’s how it works: the honeybees fly out in numbers of 500 or more and surround the hornet in a tight ball. The temperature inside the cluster of honeybees rises almost instantly to 117° F which bakes and kills the hornet in a matter of moments. A hornet can’t survive once the temperature exceeds its lethal limit of 44-46 degrees and dies. Think the other hornets want any of that? Nope. Usually a mass attack turns in to a mass exodus.
Isolation is equally as deadly for believers as it is for bees.
Where did honeybees learn to do that? Evolution? I don’t think so. Try a Creator God who equipped bees with a simple secret they could employ in order to survive whatever attacks they would face in life. Want to know their secret? Here it is: each other.
That’s not just an insight for insects. It’s an imperative for people, too. Isolation is equally as deadly for believers as it is for bees. But congregation is dynamic. When we get together, in groups of any size, we quickly become a powerful force for good and for God and also become a lethal threat to the enemy of our souls: the devil.
The hordes of Hell, like hornets attacking bees, love to catch believers alone. But when we get together …
… it burns them every time!
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
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Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.