Today’s Reading: Proverbs 4-7
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 6:6-8
6) Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7) Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8) she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
Today’s text points out one of the many ways God has woven His wisdom into nature. Often called ‘God’s second book’, nature and its laws provide practical examples of the application of Godly principles.
The ant shows us diligence, industry and preparedness, exhorting us to be anticipate the future and be ready for it. There are three critical points we can take away from the example of the ant:
1) Without having any chief, officer or ruler… We often equate a lack of knowledge with a lack of maturity, but really that’s just ignorance. No, a lack of maturity exists when we know full well what we ought to do, but just don’t do it. Sometimes we’re waiting for someone to tell us to do the right thing (or catch us doing the wrong thing) instead of taking the initiative to do what is right. The example of the ant shows the importance of being a leader, even if you’re just leading yourself.
2) Prepares bread in summer… The ant is willing and able to take action appropriate to the situation. We often want to be comfortable rather than realistic. As God leads you to your destination you may be required to make preparations you’d rather not—things you consider boring or uninteresting—but those preparations are God’s way to give you your bread, what you need to prosper and thrive.
3) And gathers food in the harvest. Once we’ve mastered one task we often settle into a rut preferring not to do anything different. Sometimes, once we’ve mastered one thing and built a good reputation for it we resist trying something new for fear of failing and possibly losing that reputation. But the ant mastered all of the tasks necessary for its survival and recognized, with the change of seasons, the need to change survival tactics. We must too. The skills necessary for school won’t be sufficient when we enter the workforce. The skill necessary for marriage won’t be sufficient for parenthood. As God leads us through the seasons of life we must learn, grow and adapt to embrace all of the blessings intended for us.