Proverbs 6:6-11 Go 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. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
It would do us all good to consider the ant and apply her ways to our lives. Thinking about the ant can make us wise.
Without anyone telling her what to do she goes about her work. She is a self starter. She is motivated and diligent. She doesnâ€™t need to be told what to do.
The ant works when others play.
She provides for the future and for the times that will be difficult.
When it is harvest time she reaps the benefits of her hard work in the summer while others were playing.
She finishes what she starts.
The sluggard or lazy person on the other hand is sleeping.
But it is never much sleep but just a little.
Notice that it isn’t that the sluggard wants great concessions for his comfort but little ones.
Notice how many times the word little is used in this passage.
We need to get control. We need to conquer the little things.
If not our poverty and hunger are on the way.