Be Like Ants!

February 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Most of our time we do our best to exterminate those insects we call ants.  How ironic then that God wants us to examine them real close.  “Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6).  Why? Because, despite the fact that an ant needs no supervisor, “it stores its provisions in the summer and gathers its food at harvest” (6:7-8).  I grew up with an old Dutch saying that my mother used very often, “sloth is the devil’s cushion.” Or as a Spanish proverb says, “the busy man is but troubled with but one devil; the idle man by a thousand.” No wonder the Proverbs continue with the warning, “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like and armed man” (6:10-11).  Jeremy Taylor once said, “idleness is the burial of a living man.” The question, however, is not whether we are busy or not, but what we are busy with.  It seems like the ant is busy gathering God’s provision of abundance.  Work is a gift from God as a way of providing for his people.  Our Christian vocation starts with receiving from God our daily bread through what He gives us to do in the ordinary routines of today.

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