ARE YOU AN ANT OR A SLUGGARD?
(Pro 6:6) Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
(Pro 30:25) The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
(1 Kings 4:33) Also he (Solomon) spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.
There's so much we can learn from the ant. Solomon said to learn from the industriousness of the ant and avoid being a sluggard. See if you can make any more conclusions as you study some ant facts below.
-The legs of the ant are very strong, so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse.
-Strong in relation to their size, ants can carry 10 to 20 times their body weight. They work in teams to move extremely heavy things.
-An ant brain has about 250,000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human. Ant brains are largest amongst insects. It has been estimated that an ant's brain may have the same processing power as a Macintosh II computer.
-If you watch ants for any length of time you will see that they really do communicate with each other and very effectively too. Ants communicate by touching each other with their antennae. Ants also use chemicals (called pheromones) to leave scent trails for other ants to follow.
Wow, and then you compare the ant to a slug. The sluggard is a person who always makes excuses and doesn’t get very far in life. (Pro 26:13 16) The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!" 14 As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed. 15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.
God wants us to do His work diligently and enthusiastically. (Heb 6:10-12) For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Careful observation of the animal world can teach a lot of conventional wisdom. There is so much to do for the kingdom of God before we leave planet earth. (John 9:4) I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. Don’t say you can’t . . . be an ant!