Sluggard

Maybe you’ve noticed some of the following:

People’s heads are constantly down looking at phones at school or work.

Social media has taken the place of being social.

Video gaming takes precedence over interactions with family, friends, and sometimes school or work.

Vegging out in front of the TV is a regular occurrence.

Our world seems to be less engaged in personal interactions.

Some people don’t seem to be as committed to hard work.

Means of entertainment seem to capture more and more of our attention.

Have you also noticed that there are things in nature that teach us spiritual truths?

The mountains rise up to draw our eyes toward heaven.

The trees wave their branches in praise.

The birds sing songs of joy to remind us to join in their song.

Today we are looking at the lowly tiny ant, but it teaches us a big lesson. “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. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11

The words here are addressed to the sluggard, the lazy person, the one who is not willing to work.

Can we learn a lesson from the ant? The Bible tells us to pay attention to that tiny creature which exhibits diligence, a sense of purpose, a willingness to work hard.

Lord, help us to be diligent. Work is a very good thing and we should do our best with whatever You call us to do.


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