August 18 - Wisdom From The Ants.
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”
We can learn many things from these little creatures that we usually deem as nuisances in our homes.
“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;”
Ants may not possess great strength, but they are have an inner strength they rely on while they work and search for food. What a reminder of our own weakness and the strength we can find in Christ’s strength!
Ants diligently prepare their homes for harvesting their food. An ant farm has intricate details that all serve a purpose to the livelihood of the family. They create pockets within their dwellings to store food so they may eat throughout the winter. What are we preparing for? Christ could come at any time, may He find us working for His glory.
Ants do not give up very easily. They purposefully seek for food in the summer, when there is plenty to eat, knowing that soon it will be winter. How often do we quit in frustration before we finish a task or reach a goal? May we learn to press on with a determination to finish our course with joy.
“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.”
Ants are not slothful creatures. They are always working to improve their homes and provide for their family.
God did not create us to be slothful, but desires that His children be always abounding in the work of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
“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.”
Job 15-16 | 2 Peter 2 | Proverbs 18
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