Go to the ants

Go to the ants

Proverbs 6:6-11.

This passage provides a solution that serves as both a prevention and amelioration of laziness. The way of the ants is described as nature’s lesson for efficiency, fruitfulness, and capacity investment for future rest. The principle here applies to spiritual and secular matters, and we do well to consider our ways and re-align where faulty. We must re-engineer our priorities and develop grit and dogged determination for a total turn-around of our somewhat nose-diving destiny, or else, we fade into nothingness and our footprints are wiped off the sand of time like we never existed.

In the physical, sleep is not necessarily bad or the sole reason for failure, rather it is about recognizing the momentary reduced time allocation to unprofitable pleasure and understanding the benefit of delayed gratification. Time and season are precious virtues that God has given to everyone to “profit withal” and we must answer to God at the end of time about our assigned portions- Matthew 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. So today, we must rise to our responsibility and lay our hands on what we find as our duty, spiritual and secular to the glory of God and the benefit of mankind- Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

The text also stresses against procrastination and the importance of breaking tasks into ‘bits and pieces’ to allow for easy accomplishment without breaking one’s back through a bulky and intolerable accumulation of duties.

Lastly, we must measure up and deserving of the praise of God over our duties. We must not be found comparing ourselves with others and self-righteously judging ourselves doing better than others. Our comparison is with the effective fulfillment of our assigned responsibilities with the continuous betterment of our work of yester years.

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