Proverbs 6: King James Bible
Go to the Ant – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verses 6-8
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
The text above is further encouragement from the Father to get busy and make things happen that need to happen. In the previous devotional called “Binding Contract Agreement,” the Lord tells us twice to deliver ourselves from agreements of all kinds.
That doesn’t mean to bail from agreements or refrain from making them, but rather, see them to the end, and do all that is in your power to fulfill your end of the deal. In other words, be faithful. It kind of seems like the Father’s trying to have us be more like him doesn’t it?
Above, the Lord is pointing to initiative. Having the gumption to be a self starter, not needing constant supervision and instruction. Learn what you need to know, and do the things that you know need to be done. Ants don’t procrastinate, and as they are so much lower of a species on the grand scheme of things, they have that one up over many of us.
As I’ve said in the past, we should do all that we can, and count on the Lord to follow up with doing all that we can’t.
Here is the grand introduction of the sluggard, who will be pointed toward many times as we traverse through Proverbs. Relating to the instruction above, notice that the instructions given are directly toward the sluggard.
This tells me, that not all who are diligent are so all of the time, nor is a sluggard without hope. Why would the Lord address anyone or anything that is without hope of turning around?
As much as the Lord wills for us to depend on him for all things, he also wills for us to get things done that he’s put before us. When a meal is placed before us, do we avoid eating it because it isn’t cut up into bite sized pieces as a child might wait? No, we pick up our tools and do what it takes to fill the gullet.
Does this mean that we didn’t wait on the Lord? No, he’s the one who’s placed the food before us in the first place. When the Father has given us what we need to work with, then work with it.
Look to the ant as an example, and don’t sit around waiting for the sky to part and harps to start playing from Heaven, with an angel coming down to give you specific marching orders as it relates to your daily life’s walk. If you’ve got what is required to do, then do.
Related New Testament Scripture
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
James 4: King James Bible
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Please give us the ability to discern when we need to wait on you, and when we need to move forward with all that you’ve given us to do. Help us all to be more diligent, and not as the sluggard. Where there’s any question, please show us where we’ve got all that we need to move forward, and let us not find excuses to stay stagnant in faith, in life, and in your service. These things we ask and pray in the mighty name of Christ Jesus the Lord.
Question – Go to the Ant
Knowing these scriptures, have you ever sensed the whisper, “go to the ant,” in the back of your mins as you’re preparing to procrastinate?
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