Go to the Ant

go-to-the-antGo to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Pr. 6:6-8 KJV

Consider means to fix the mind on with a view to careful examination; to study; to meditate on, to pay attention to. So that’s what we are going to do in this blog post.

God highlighted this verse to me several weeks ago and I took it seriously. I went to the local library to check out some juvenile books on ants. (I chose juvenile books since they would most likely already be summarized which is what I wanted as opposed to in-depth study of each different ant species.)

 First of all, ants in general are called “soldier” ants. We are also soldiers in God’s army.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Tim. 2 :3-4 KJV

 Ants are also considered to be “workers”, as are we:

We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 Cor. 6:1 KJV

Ants work on a schedule and are very organized. But they are not “workaholics”. No, in fact, they only work 1/3 of their time! Isn’t that interesting that the amount of time an ant works corresponds with our 8 hour workday!

Ants engage in organized warfare and defend their territory fiercely. This corresponds in part to us as Christian soldiers, wearing our armor, using our weapons and resisting the devil. (See Eph. 6:11-18, 2 Cor. 10:4, James 4:7)

Ants will fight to the death to defend the colony. This corresponds with the saints in Revelations not loving their lives unto the death and with general loyalty to Christ and putting God’s will and His kingdom above our own lives and needs.

 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev. 12:11 KJV

 In what way(s) can you be more like an ant? Please share your intentions in the comment section below.

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Go to the Ant — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Cheryl! These are great thoughts on Proverbs 6:6. You are right so much to be learned from the scriptures. Always more than what appears at first glance.

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