Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! – Proverbs 6:6
If you’re like me, there are times when you feel you are special and deserve some special insight or treatment. Somebody we look to as being special, Solomon, having all his special wisdom and wealth learned to take lessons from the simple unassuming creature: the ant. It would be wise of us to heed the lesson he taught and learn something else: the sources of the illustration.
Why is it that we secretly expect answers to life’s mysteries to be shared with us? While praying on his knees in the middle of a peanut field, George Washington Carver prayed to understand the secrets of the universe. God flat out said it would be too much, so looking down, George asked about the peanut. God said he would do that, and allowed George to discover over 300 uses for the peanut. There is nothing wrong with asking God about whatever is on our mind or things we wish to pursue. That is healthy dialogue and He welcomes it. But so often we miss the avenue in which God shares the insights because we only pray at designated times and usually with our eyes shut.
Paul admonishes us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). How can we do that if we only pray when our eyes can be shut? The idea both Solomon and Paul are trying to relay to us is to continually be in communication with the Lord. They encourage us to never shut communication with the Father off. This takes us fully realizing that God is always with us. Wherever we are we can talk with him, anytime and anyplace, and if we are listening, he gives us the answers.
All too often though, the easiest part to life’s dilemmas are the answers. The hard part? Implementing the answers and truths God has shown you into your life. “Go to the ant…” Seeing the answer is easy. Putting it into practice is not. Did God ever say it would be easy? George Washington Carver discovered the uses of the peanut through a lot of work. It boils down to us having to faithfully work at what God tells us to do to reap the desired outcome. Are there changes in your life you know God wants you make? Are you hung up thinking it will ‘just happen?’ It takes diligent effort to do what needs to be done. Are you lazy? Stop being lazy. Are you in debt? Stop spending too much. Are you sinning? Stop sinning!
God’s desire for you is to live out the rest of your life, beginning today, without regret. As you are shown what godly characteristics look like, you can determine to develop those same characteristics into your life. As you do, you will bless God and bless others in the process.
Father God, thank you for your willingness to show me everything I need. Forgive me for looking for answers in the wrong places, and help me to see what you want me to see. I also ask for strength to put those answers into practice so that my life will continually become more and more a reflection of you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Dan Woodworth