Consider the Ant – Proverbs 6

“Go to the ant, you sluggard…” It almost sounds like pirate talk, doesn’t it! Of the 35 verses in Proverbs 6, this little passage is the one that stands out to me on January 6, 2013.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-7 NIV.

My first thought is that we don’t need someone to rule over us in order to do well, like a perfect boss or government official. A little bug is wise enough to prepare for what’s ahead (winter) by storing food when it’s available (summer). No one is cracking the whip over him, yet he works hard with his comrades every day of his life. No leader, no commander; he just does what he’s designed to do. This proverb is telling me to learn from him.

Here’s what I’m seeing; though my resources may be few, I have enough to be diligently laying some aside for the future – if I’m wise, work hard and do it.

“Consider its ways and be wise.”

by Kathy Sheldon Davis