CONSIDER THE ANT
December 21, 2008
Proverbs 6:6-11; 30:24-25 Of all the characters in the Bible that God has used to show His will and desire for people to live a righteous life-style, the ant is one of the very few that are called “exceeding wise” (beyond the limit of good sense). Not only are they called wise, but we are urged to “consider”, or (give thoughtful attention) to the way they go about their lives so that in doing so, we too may become wise.
As we look at the characteristics of this incredible insect, we will look at different aspects of their daily lives in both a (1) practical sense and (2) a spiritual sense. This way we can verbalize and visualize what God wants us to see through His eyes as we “go to the ant”..
One of the first things noticed about the ant is that it is always busy doing something within the colony. There are no retired ants. They are always working, cleaning, building or foraging for food.
II Thessalonians 3:10; Nehemiah 4:6 These scriptures give us the practical application why we ought to work. It is our duty to have a desire to work, and to support and provide for our families. The role of the church or the government is not to support those that have the ability to work, but to help spiritually and to protect us while we are going about our daily lives.
II Corinthians 3:13; Ephesians 2:10 The spiritual application is made clear by Paul in these and many other verses. We are to be about the Master’s business working to help build His
II. SPECIFIC JOBS
Ants have differing responsibilities within the colony. Some ants are foragers, some build, some reproduce, some get building supplies, some help in the nursery, some are soldiers, all do something.
I Corinthians 12:14-20 In God’s economy, everyone
is suppose to have a specific job and do it.
One of the reasons that ants are so organized is that they communicate with each other. They use scent trails and touching as well as visual communication.
Proverbs 12:25; 25:11; Ephesians 4:31 In a practical sense, touching and visuals are important to all of us, but it is our words that communicate the best, and worst to each other.
Luke 24:32; Ephesians 5:19 In a spiritual sense, our communication should be to edify and praise.
IV. CARE AND TRAIN YOUNG
Some ants have the duty to watch and care for the newborn young. Ants do not kill their babies. Ants have an intensely guarded nursery which when attacked by the outside causes soldiers to respond.
II Corinthians 12:14; I Timothy 3:4 We have a practical responsibility to care for our children.
Deuteronomy 6:7; Proverbs 22:6 We have a spiritual obligation to teach and train them for God.
V. PREPARE FOR FUTURE
The ant is wise because it prepares for the future and is so organized in its life-style.
Luke 16:9-11; Genesis 41:28-35 In a practical sense, God tells us to prepare for trying days.Amos 4:12; Acts 24:24-27 The greatest of spiritual lesson in the ant comparison is that of our preparation for eternity. The decision about preparing for eternity is the greatest decision ever made.