Today’s wisdom is work hard and be diligent. There are a million things out of your control. Your diligent hard work ethic will never be one of them. If we plant slumber and laziness, we will harvest scarcity. This is up to us and wise people work hard and store up.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
Ants are pretty amazing creatures. They seem to be able to carry multiples of their weight, have undying energy, and approach obstacles with a tenacity unknown to humans. Be like ants. Well, Lord, I can’t compete with several of their characteristics…
Just stop lying around, you lazy couch potato ~ God.
COVID-19 has been the cause of shortages of toilet paper and exercise equipment. People are hoarding food and alcohol. More people are making bread at home than we’ve seen since the industrial revolution. Some are using the opportunity to get fit and do more. Many are lazing about.
Solomon’s wisdom is for his day and for ours. For everyone who has ever been through doldrums of focus and energy and commitment, this is for us. Go to the ant.
Consider the wisdom of working hard to store up provisions in summer and at harvest. Why? Because winter is coming. Whatever that winter might look like, we need to prepare for lean times. No one should have to command or oversee that. We own our preparation.
The risk is that we will not work hard or store up, and then if a winter comes (whether pandemic or job loss or medical crisis or family problem) you will be behind the eight ball. Scarcity will come like an armed man…
Won’t God take care of me? You keep sharing all these posts about how God will provide for me if I am generous, etc, etc. And I share the verses which say, “you shall reap what you sow.” If we plant slumber and laziness, we will harvest scarcity.
Today’s wisdom is work hard and be diligent. There are a million things out of your control. Your diligent hard work ethic will never be one of them.