Today's theme is diligence and our text is Proverbs 6:6-11
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (6:6).
A young man applied for a job as a farmhand. When asked for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep when the wind blows." This puzzled the farmer, but he took a liking to the young man and hired him anyway.
A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure.
All was well! Even the animals were calm. It was then that the farmer grasped the meaning of the young man's words, "I can sleep when the wind blows."
Because the farmhand had performed his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke. Consequently, when the wind blew, he had no fear. He was able to sleep in peace.
The wisdom of Solomon is shared with his son as he encourages him to examine the ways of one of the smallest insects of creation. Even though the ant has no direction or supervision he still manages to do what must be done to be ready when the harvest is past and the cold winds of winter begin to blow.
We are reminded that it is from a “little sleep, a little slumber” (Proverbs 6:10) that poverty comes. To have the character of the ant and the industriousness of that tiny creature is to know peace when the storms come.
The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World
What can we do today, to develop within ourselves the character and industriousness of the ant, so that we know peace when the storms come?
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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