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verse 4: “The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.”

I remember as a child reading Aesop’s Fables; among those I recall was a story about The Grasshopper and the Ant. Most everyone recalls the story of the procrastinating grasshopper who puts off storing away food for the winter while the hard-working ant dutifully gathers food, knowing the harsh winter is coming. True enough, when winter hits, the grasshopper is on the verge of starvation; the ant, who has planned ahead, invites him in to care for him. The grasshopper turns over a new leaf.

Solomon makes reference to the ant earlier in Proverbs 6:6-9. God instilled in this tiny insect the work ethic that we need to have as human beings. God made us as creatures who need to do, to work. Procrastination and laziness sound good, but in the end, you wind up a starving grasshopper!

Something to think about.

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verse 6: “Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,”

Solomon here is advising against the slothful man. Of all of the creatures God has made, among the hardest working is the ant. I’m often reminded of the Aesop fable The Grasshopper and the Ant, in which the lazy, carefree grasshopper wastes the days of summer, while the hard-working ant is storing up food in the summer, knowing the hard winter is coming. In the end, the grasshopper (who almost freezes to death as well as starves to death) is rescued by the ants, and learns his lesson.

God made men and women to work, to do. I know many a recently-retired friend, who gets kidded about “man, you’ll have it made when you retire…nothing to do!” The already retired friends of the newly-retired friend assure them, “oh no, there’s still plenty to do!” We are among our happiest times when we are doing constructive work, especially if we enjoy what we do.

Jesus Himself charged the disciples with the Great Commission: go and make disciples! Tell the Good News, and those you tell, tell others! If that isn’t something meaningful to do, then what is?

Have a blessed day!

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