A Lesson From The Ants
by Fenny West
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Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer; 30:25
They are small in size but big in ‘sense’. They look weak but they have a wining streak. They can read the signs of the times; assess the weather, prioritise their tasks in life, employ division of labour and working as a ‘team’-Together Each Achieving More, ‘They march like warriors and scale city walls like trained soldiers. Straight forward they march, never breaking ranks. They never jostle each other, each moves in exactly the right place. They lunge through gaps and no weapon can stop them. They swarm over the city and run along its walls. They enter all the houses, climbing like thieves through the windows. ‘ They are like an invading army of locusts.
Over the centuries, they have thought us enduring lessons and continue to teach those who are humble enough to learn from. Let the wise hear and be instructed. So come with me to the School of Ants, consider their ways and be wise.
The Seasons of Life.
They know the seasons of their lives. They know that they must work while it is day because the night comes when they cannot work. They know that they must not just work haphazardly, but work hard, be committed, passionate, astute, be on task, remain focused, avoid distractions, temptations, and delay their gratification. The summer is not for life, winter commeth.
We all have seasons of our life. There is the morning when we are supposed to lay the foundation, educate ourselves, acquire skills and experience. Later we have the afternoon when we are supposed to build on the foundation, start working, saving for the rainy day, acquiring property, marrying and having children and preparing for old age. Then there is the evening of our lives when we take stock, train others using our experience in life to set others up and enjoy our retirement for some the evening comes earlier than expected. Others are late bloomers so the time for each season will vary from person to person.
Self –Discipline is vital
No Governor, Overseer, Foreman, Teacher or Master stands over the ants to make them do their work, ‘project,’ assignment, or task on hand. They are not men -pleasers, but know that they work and gather for their future and that of their offspring. Discipline is part of their woof and warp in life- not external disciple but self -discipline.
We too must discipline ourselves, training, retraining, continue to educate ourselves, robbing our mind with God’s mind and the minds of those who have impacted our society for good. We must renew our minds daily and aim to glorify God in our living. God has giving us all that pertains to life and godliness. He has made us partakers of His divine nature, more than conquerors, made us seat with Christ in heavenly places to reign with Him. As we seek Him daily with all our hearts He will give us the desires of our hearts, innovative ideas, inventive genius that marks us apart from the rest. He will career our path into our vision in life – what He packaged us for in life. In that place we will thrive- not strive to survive but rise as a magnificent edifice to the glory of God. Men will see and acknowledge that, ‘Surely this is the Hand of God.’ External discipline does not last; you relax and lapse into your old ways once the external agent of discipline is not around. This was why Paul said, I must put my body under, make it a slave buffet it, and make it my servant. He said he would not box as a man beating the air, shadow-boxing, but would have a target, a focus, a bull’s eye to hit at or target. It is said that, ’If you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it –nothing!’
They never break rank
They are united. They know that as a team they will achieve more; there will be synergy, the 1 + 1= 3 effect.
Avoiding The Consequences of Indolence
Like the ants, we need to weigh up the consequences of being sluggards, or being slothful and make our minds to avoid poverty. We must quit vegetating, wasting away our primes, and productive years.
We need to wake up and realise the rewards of concerted efforts and the prize associated with hard work and be prepared to pay the price needed to pave the way for a rosy financial future.
Who wants to labour when they are old and weary and worn out? God wants us o leave an inheritance for their children and children’s children. He wants us to leave a legacy for posterity that is indelible, unquestionable, and a glowing testament. He wants to leave a testimony to His glory.
The Way Forward
Yes some may have achieved in their own strength. But we are different. Our strength is in the Lord. In Him we live move and have our very being. He is our prime mover. He is the source of our wisdom. He should take first place and should be allowed to guide us do His will. We need to be wise and make God their Senior Partner, get wisdom from Him and harness the power of the Holy Spirit in all the endeavours of our lives. ‘As many as are led by the Holy Spirit, they are the sons of God.’
God wants us to be busy in His Vineyard like bees and the ants. He wants us to be productive, to be like the tree planted by the rivers of water that brings its fruits in due season. He has promised to bless the works of our hands. It is He who gives us the power to get wealth. But we must seek His Kingdom first. And as we depend on Him, harvest will attend our steps. Harvest meets harvest in our house. We shall blessed to be a blessing to our generation and the generations to come. We shall not be a burden to society but big time contributors.
“Take a lesson from the ants. They labour hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.” Prov.6:6-8 NLT
Let us pray.
Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith, Who redeemed me from the curse of the Law. I thank Father that through, I am redeemed from the curse of the Law and Abraham’s blessing are mine.
You said in Your word, ‘Work while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work. Teach me to be diligent, O Lord in my productive years. Grant me the wisdom to take full advantage of my union with you and make invaluable contribution to my generation and the one to come.
Teach me Lord to form godly, beneficial and empowering associations and connections to motivate me and accelerate me on the road to achieving my purpose n life.
It is You, O Lord who enables me both to will and to do according to Your good pleasure. I desire to do Your will, My God. Lead me by Your Holy Spirit.
Open my eyes to know the seasons of my life and to make the best use of the, maximising each moment to your glory. May I not sleep when I should be working. Teach me to be diligent in my calling as to stand before kings and not mere men. Help me, Lord, to motivate myself, disciplining myself and denying myself as to do great exploit for You and Your kingdom
May I do all I do as unto You, wherever I go., in Jesus’ Name.
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