Don't Step on that Ant!
Posted June 19, 2014
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Proverbs 6:6
Passage to Read: Proverbs 6:1-11
We shouldn't step on that ant, at least till we learn from it. I always love all the lessons that the world around us can teach us. It always amazes me how tiny and insignificant we think these things are and yet we can really learn some valuable lessons from them if we just study them a little bit.
That's what it is saying in Proverbs 6. Study that ant. Consider how it works. Consider how it lives.
Verse 6 is directed to the "sluggard". Another way to say, "lazy". If we look in the verses above this in Proverbs 6 (verses 1-5), we see that it is talking about someone who has basically taken on the debt of another person.
It is kind of like we would think of as co-signing for a loan these days. It isn't a wise thing to do today and it wasn't a wise thing to do back in Solomon's day.
He tells the man to "deliver thyself" (verse 3). In other words, get out of it. Not only that but he tells him in that same verse to do it quickly. "Do it now". Don't delay. Get it done. Get it done even before you sleep.
Look at verse 4,
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
I love reading through Proverbs. I notice so many times how the things in it are said with urgency, like in this passage. Solomon, full of wisdom, is giving out warnings and trying to get our attention that there is an imperative nature to things.
When they are left unattended, there can be serious consequences. He says here in this passage that it is important that this get done right away. Then he admonishes the sluggard to go to the ant and learn from it.
The ants are anything but lazy. They work hard and they work together to get things done.
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:7-8
Ants Take the Initiative.
The first thing I notice here is that ants have initiative. They don't have anyone who is over them to tell them what to do or how to act or how to work. They have "no guide, overseer, or ruler".
I wish my kids had the initiative to empty the dishwasher or to take out the trash without being told. I sure have to be the overseer in my house to make sure chores are done.
Ants on the other hand just do what needs to be done. They just do it.
Ants Plan in Advance.
The next thing I see here is that ants are planners. They don't wait until the last minute to get things done. They plan. They prepare. The ant "provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."
They don't have to worry about their food in the winter because they have gathered it and preserved it already. Those ants have their food all lined on their pantry shelves and ready to eat when they need it.
I'd like to be a little more like the ants in this area. Planning in advance can really keep things running smoothly and efficiently.
Ants Work as a Team.
If we look over in Proverbs 30, we see where again, we are to take notice of the ant.
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; Proverbs 30:24, 25
Notice it says, that ants are "not strong". They are tiny little creatures. One little ant can be squashed by just about anything. We are used to calling ants "problems" though, and do you know why that is? They work as a team.
We can all handle one ant in our home but when they are working together to march their little legs all over, they become a big problem.
If you have ever read or know much about ants, they do everything as a team. They each have their jobs. Some take care of baby ants. Some gather food. Some dig. Some fight for protection. Those ants have smooth operations running in those anthills.
Each ant knows its role and does it. They work together for the good of each other and for their survival. They all have the same goal.
We have the same goal as Christians too. That is to spread the Gospel. We've got to start working as a team to get it done and we can't be lazy about it.
I hope I can learn more from the ant. I'd like to be wise in the end. I'd like to take the initiative more, especially when it comes to witnessing for the Lord. I need to just step out and do it.
Planning in advance is a trait I'd like to have more of too. I know I definitely need to work on that. I don't want to go through life with folded hands and find out the consequences in the end.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11
It boggles my mind to think of all the work those little ants do. They travel so far and carry so much. It makes me wonder how much I really do when it comes to preparing for the future where eternity is concerned.
How far am I willing to go for the Lord? Am I working as diligently as I should? I know I have to be "always abounding" as it says in 1 Corinthians.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Remember what Jesus said?
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4
So, have you considered the ant lately?
Copyright ©2014 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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