“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8
Have you heard the expression, “save for a rainy day?” Well, ants are good teachers for us when it comes to avoiding laziness and a lack of discipline in our lives.
The father here uses ants to teach his son a lesson about avoiding the sin of laziness. Having told his son to go to the ant and observe her ways – he says that wisdom is with these little creatures. Their great wisdom is how they work hard without having to be supervised. They have no chief, officer, or ruler watching over all that they do – making them work.
The ant knows that there is a time when gathering won’t be possible – so he works hard when he can. He also knows to store things up – to prepare for the times when there will be no food. Ants have no commander. Ants prepare for the future. This is a great statement, they have no centralized leadership, but they are always preparing for the future.
It sounds like the early church. They were always looking toward the future. There are thousands of species of ants in the world. There are very small ants that can build a colony between sheets of office paper. There are ants that heard insects called aphids, the way people heard cows for their milk. There are ants that cut leaves, and grow fungus on them as a form of food. Some ants live in small groups, others in huge colonies. The ants that are referred to in this Proverb are called “harvester ants.” They live along the Mediterranean sea in the land of Israel, and they go out and gather grain. They remove the grain from its husk and store it in their colony’s storage area. They can be seen working all through the harvest seasons so that they have food to eat in the winter.
One thing’s for sure, ants are not lazy, that’s why they are different from lazy people. They are busy all the time. They don’t have any leaders to lead or motivate them to work, no chief to generate labor on them, and no rulers that command them to work. These little creatures just love to work. They have a simple lifestyle. You will not see an ant sitting, lying down, or sleeping on the streets, they’re always on the move, always carrying their food from where they found them back to their home. They have only one thing in mind, to feed themselves and their families.
Isn’t that what we do? We want our families to be fed both physically and spiritually.
Pray for our families at NewLife to be fed spiritually. Pray for availability to come alongside those who need our help with their physical needs. Pray for God to meet our spiritual and physical needs as a gathering.