Proverbs 66-9

S: Scripture – Proverbs 6:6-9

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.  Without having any chief,  officer, or ruler,  she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.   How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

O: Observation

Proverbs 6:6 gives us the model example of work ethic. God shares with us how to go to the ant to learn about working and laziness.  Have you ever stopped to look at an ant hill?  They are so busy.  Have you ever seen an ant hill where the ants were not heartily working?  I haven’t and I really love watching red ants because they don’t seem to attack like fire ants.

Ants have no chief, officer or ruler (vs. 7).   They just work and they don’t need a boss to tell them how to do it or how fast to work.  They just do it.    They work in the summer preparing bread and gathering food for their harvest through the winter.

Did you notice the verse says “her” ways?  It’s the female ants we see doing all the work.  WOW!

You never see ants working alone.  Although they are working independently they are also working as a team, an army of ants to get the job done.  We could take a lesson of this self-motivation and hard work as well as working as a team.

We all have 24 hours in a day.  We need to rise up as this verse says and be proactive.

A: Application

What can you and I learn from the ant?   We can learn that strong work ethic to work hard in all things storing away or getting ready for what might happen tomorrow.  We should strive for this type of excellence no matter where we are working whether it be at home, at church, school, our jobs, etc.

Verse 9 ” How long will you lie there, you sluggard?” They are lazy, lay-about, doing nothing, loafing, and couch potatoes. I’m reminded not to be lazy in anything.  Oh my that includes exercising, how I eat, studying the Bible, being a wife, mother and grandmother, etc..

Like the ant we need to rise up and be doing and not just being.

K:  Kneel in Prayer

Father I confess I have wasted so many precious moments being lazy in my life.  Thank you for today, this moment.  My I be convicted more and more to have days that honor You in everything I go about doing.  Thank You for this lesson on the ants.  In your name I pray.  AMEN

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

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