Friday Morning Reflections – Wisdom Literature
Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
An Insect Lesson
If you don’t like ants you will have to move to Antarctica where there are no indigenous ants. Why a place is named after ants when no ants live there is beyond me. These tiny creatures are everywhere. As a child it was fun to torment the eusocial insects by putting sticks in their way or drowning the bed with water. But the amazing thing was they were never deterred. No matter what you did (short of poison) they never stopped. You learn from war movies that if you take out the commander of the army often the army flees in fear. Have you ever tried to find the ant in charge of all those ants? He is not there (or she). You can have a line of one hundred ants marching from the bed to a tree and no matter what you do they will always get back on track and keep working. Work, work, work. And that is the way the Creator made them. Later a wise man would tell us to go out and watch the ants for a while and learn a valuable lesson or two.
Laziness never gets anything done but getting a lot of nothing done. Money does not grow on trees but apples do. However the apples have to be picked. The Lord does not approve of being lazy. The tiny creature called ‘ant’ is a divine example of how we should face life. I know today is Friday and for many this means the end of the work week is near but Lord willing another work day will come soon. As people of God we are the best employees and employers. We shine as lights in the work force. We are ANTS in the work force. We are hard workers. We do not have to be told to be a good worker because we work for Jesus Christ!
This weekend enjoy your day off. Then go back to work Monday as a Christian insect. Okay that may be a little off but you get the point. Ant it good to be God’s worker?
Someone has said … that the only Bible which millions of people read today is the daily example of Christians – your example and mine. (James E. Murray, Address, March 31, 1948)