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
Wow, love the story of the farm-hand! As my pastor would say "That'll preach!!" it's definitely an area that I can always, always work on improving. Being diligent, I feel goes right along with being consistent! And especially in my parenting, I often fall short! Thank you for these reminders in truth!
2/25/2020 09:26:21 am
Yes, April, as much as I detest ants (LOL) we have A LOT to learn from them! Being diligent and consistent in parenting is for sure a difficult but productive trait. I failed so many times at this. God was faithful to pick up where I left off as a parent.
2/25/2020 09:40:17 am
I love the story of the young farmhand. What a motivator! :)
2/25/2020 09:49:52 am
Yes, it is, Janis. I try to keep that story tucked away in the back of my mind, especially on days when I'm tired and don't feel like doing my best. Preparation is key and the key preparation in the Christian's life is time with God in His Word and in prayer. I keep reminding myself of this. I need these reminders!
2/25/2020 09:54:31 am
I love the story of the farmhand, too. To me, this was a sign that my kids were maturing: when they showed initiative took care of things without being told. We all still have a long way to go, but this is a character quality we want to pursue.
2/25/2020 06:05:45 pm
It's nice when the kiddos get that! :)
2/25/2020 09:54:47 am
Preparation for the work God has for us so often happens in the small, unseen moments. We show up in his presence, not knowing what to expect, but knowing that he is there.
2/25/2020 06:13:18 pm
I love that, Michele— the small, unseen moments. So true! Not only the preparation for the work of God, but raising the children He has placed in our stewardship as well. The small, unseen moments add up to raising little ones who learn to love God.
2/25/2020 06:14:05 pm
That's really all we can do, Jerralea. :)
2/25/2020 06:14:58 pm
That sounds like a lovely memory, Laurie!
2/25/2020 03:00:25 pm
Oh, that we were all as wise and prepared as that young man.
2/25/2020 06:16:10 pm
Wise as that young man and the ant!
2/25/2020 04:11:26 pm
The ant just kept/keeps doing what God designed it to do. Oh! What a lesson that is for us!!!
2/25/2020 06:17:23 pm
Yes, Susan! Quite a teacher that ant!
2/25/2020 05:42:06 pm
One thing that I like about winter (and there isn't a lot! ha) is that the ants go underground. I know they're still around, but I'm not faced with them. Nonetheless, I appreciate you reminding me that I don't need to totally negate them but to appreciate their good qualities. :)
2/25/2020 06:20:14 pm
You and me both, Lisa. The ant has lots to teach us about diligence, but this summer, when they are crawling across my black countertops in the kitchen, I'm not going to be so happy with the diligence of the ants!!! LOL
2/26/2020 07:04:40 am
2/26/2020 09:42:11 am
I am not a fan of ants either, Bev! Especially, when they try to live in my house in the summer. *cry cry* But, WoW! We've got so much to learn from them and their diligence and strength. I've also learned that black kitchen countertops are not the best idea. LOL
2/26/2020 01:16:35 pm
Love the farmhand story.
2/26/2020 05:08:19 pm
It's a great analogy, Lauren! Everytime I rehearse it in my head though, I visualize Eb from Green Acres and Mr. & Mrs. Douglas. LOL
2/27/2020 03:54:39 pm
Yes, Melanie, you're exactly right. Do what you can. Trust God for the rest!
2/27/2020 10:25:51 pm
I have been studying Proverbs and have read a lot about the ant. I never really thought much about these creatures. To be honest I never liked them because they got into my house. However, my study has taught me to appreciate their hard work and diligence.
2/28/2020 07:14:58 am
You know, Angela, Proverbs is going to be the featured book for our Summer 2020 Book Club-Style Bible Study!?! I'm so excited! There is so much wisdom for us there!
2/13/2021 02:01:24 pm
I LOVE THAT, Bettie! —> "It is so often the small and hidden preparations that God has done in us that make the way secure before us." SO TRUE!
2/13/2021 02:04:17 pm
Yes, Maree, it's a great story. Being prepared is HUGE, for sure!
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