Consider the ant

Pr. 6:6-8:  “Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

We all have times of summer and harvest.  These are good times…happy times…when all seems to be right with the world, the sky is bluer, the sun is brighter.  We are happy.  However, we also have times when we are toiling, tilling, muddy, in pain, tired, and overworked.  There are times when we’ve lost something we hold dear.  How can we be prepared to make it through those dark times, those tiring, muddy times when we feel as though all we are doing is tilling and getting blisters?

Consider the ways of the ant…We won’t go hungry during those toiling times if we have stock-piled while it was still summer.  It can become easy during harvest/summer times of our souls to become distracted and forget to read the Word, continue in prayer, and to seek the Lord’s will.  After all, everything is going great!

Pr. 30:8-9 says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches-feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”

We can get so full of what we want, and so full of the feelings that accompany summer that we forget the Lord.  Do we only pray when things are going wrong and we need help?  Do we only read the Word when we need an answer for something?  If so, we are cheating ourselves.  God wants us to have abundant life.

That doesn’t mean we get our every desire and nothing ever goes wrong…it simply means we have hope, joy, peace, comfort, and the promise of salvation while we are toiling.  The work isn’t so bad when you know you have a Savior who gave up His life for our salvation.  The dark times don’t feel like the end when you have the hope of a future of salvation through that sacrifice.  The pain of tilling isn’t so overwhelming when you have peace that passes all understanding.  Loss isn’t as piercing when you were storing up promises from the Comforter beforehand, and you allow Him to truly comfort you during your time of need.

Thinking like an ant today,

jamie

 

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