By Elaine & Russell Morrow
Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant old sluggard, observe her ways and be wise which having no chief, officer or ruler prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”
We can learn a lot from an ant. Have you ever just sat and watched an ant before? As one of God’s smallest creatures its just mind boggling how they operate. As small as they are, they can carry a piece of food twice their size and walk hundreds of feet, twice as fast.
They know exactly where they’re going and how to get there. If something is in their way it doesn’t stop them, they just go around it. There are many things about an ant that we humans would be wise to adopt. According to this passage of scripture the ant is not lazy, it works hard to prepare for the future, and just by watching them they’re diligent, they persevere, they’re unified, all this even without having a leader.
God is the masterful Creator. He uses an ant to teach us wisdom. He uses squirrels to teach us how to store up for the winter. He uses the birds that never reap or sow to teach us how not to become anxious, for He will provide for our needs.
Whenever you get to a point in your life where you become tired, weary, or lazy, ask God for eyes to see.
Mark 8:18 says, “Do you have eyes but fail to see, ears but fail to hear? And do you remember?” Our desire for wisdom should always be rooted in scripture and covered in prayer but let us not overlook the many lessons of wisdom that we can find right outside our front door.
Peace & Blessing, Elaine Morrow
To complement what my wife has said, there are seven qualities in an ant that are important to living a life of stature as a follower of Christ Jesus. They are: 1. Hardworking, 2. Goal-oriented, 3. Patient, 4. Consistent, 5. Disciplined, 6. Unified, 7. Knowledgeable where the food is. (The Word of God, Finances to live and bless, and food for the body.)
Allow me to suggest to you that these seven qualities in an ant are relevant in every stage of our lives.
In the spring of life, we can introduce and instill these qualities to our children as a part of their solid foundation for life.
If you are in the summer of life these qualities are a map or type of GPS to help and guide you as a young adult in your journey of independence and purpose.
If you are in the fall of life these qualities can serve as a reminder and guide posts to stay the course of God’s will and purpose for your life as recorded in Psalms 1; Psalm 37:23-24; Jeremiah 1:5b; 29:11;
If you are in the winter of life, these qualities will tell the story of your life baring witness to your life as an ambassador of the Kingdom of God here on Earth. The good news is that you can still make any needed adjustments.
In His Service, Russell Morrow
Thank you Lord, for the illustration of the ant, who like the rest of your creation, functions according to your will, and are productive in the assignments you have given them. Forgive us as the part of your creation, made a little lower than the angels, with the responsibility of having dominion over your creation, for falling short of your glory because of sin and rebellion. The results are devastating, we suffer sickness, disease, injustice, war, and the whole plethora of the works of the flesh.Lord, as we come to you this morning we repent for our sins of omission and commission, and ask that you cleanse us and heal us, from the sicknesses that plague us, our family, love ones and friends. We ask that you heal the leadership across our nation from the federal, state and local levels. We pray for the healing of our president. Thank you again for the lessons from the ant.
In Jesus name we pray Amen