The Japanese honeybee has a natural enemy: the giant hornet. Hornets prey on all kinds of species of bees because they are usually easy to pick off. But, 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. Other hornets in the area quickly congregate and initiate a mass attack on the bee colony.
A 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 almost impossible for the bees to stop. However, the 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. The 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 the mass attack turns in to a mass exodus.
Where did honeybees learn to do that? Evolution? Not hardly. 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.
“Isolation is just as deadly for believers as it is for bees.”
That’s not just an insight for insects — it’s an imperative for people, too. Isolation is just as deadly for believers as it is for bees. But congregation is dynamic. It’s not coincidental, but providential, that the Bible says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
When we get together, in groups of any size, just like the Japanese honeybees, 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!
© 2021. Barry L. Cameron
Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.
Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.
Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.