Proverbs in 365 Devotions

March 26

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. 7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Go To The Ant

R Aylor

We are a little people but unlike the ant our lack of self discipline seems to make us even smaller than we are. At first it sounds like Solomon is addressing slugs and is trying to get them to learn from the ant, but we know he is speaking of mankind.

For us, distractions like advertisements, politics, and millions of other things in our culture divert us and try to turn us aside from our path… As broken people, we are lazy and selfish; we don't keep our word.

We choose our most agreeable teachers by listening to our most liked news cast or our preferred preacher but are afraid or to lazy to search God’s word ourselves to prove them right or wrong.
In our tiny mind we fashion us up our own god and may even call him by the same name as the Jesus of the Bible. Our feelings trump truth. Instant gratification is our usual motivation for anything and everything.

But of course the ant… The ant follows her God given instincts to work with purpose. She apparently has no choice but man is given intellect and conscious and ability to reason and plan and seek out prudence and wisdom…

When we ignore and pervert knowledge of the good and common graces that light our path toward truth, we loose direction, becoming even more ignorant and bigger sluggards despondent to the energizing joys that come from godly disciplines.

Father, thank you for giving us life giving purpose for now and eternity in your Son Jesus!