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“Consider the ant. Watch its ways, and become wise. Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler, in summertime it stores its food supply. At harvest time it gathers its food.” Proverbs 6:6-8 God’s Word Translation (GW)
Summer is here. For those of us who are living in tropical areas, where it is usually summer all year around, we get used to it. But let’s learn something today from the ants.
The Bible says there is something we can learn about the ants. In the book of Proverbs chapter 6 verses 6 to 8, it says that these little creatures are very wise. They don’t have overseers, rulers, or officers, but yet they are wise enough to know and remember to prepare their food supply in the summertime, so that they can gather its food in the harvest time.
Basically the lesson from the ants is that they always prepare for the coming season and does not wait until they get to the season and then to start preparing. One thing they have realized is that life is about seasons. In fact, in the book of Genesis chapter 8 verse 22, it says that “As long as the earth exists, planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never stop.” Another translation says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night shall not cease.”
Remember now, it’s a cycle; seed, time, and then harvest. You have to sow it first, and then reap it. Summertime is usually a signal for the day time of our lives, the sowing time. So, the Bible says, be like the ants, prepare while you can. Don’t wait until opportunities to knock at your door first, and then you start preparing. We need to prepare ahead of time so that we won’t lose the opportunities when they present themselves to us.
In life, chances usually favor the prepared ones. So get ready to seize the opportunities ahead of you. Understand your next right move. The ants have realized that summer is not forever. It also understands that life is in seasons; therefore, they do not leave things to chance.
The ants live in the present, but at the same time think about their future. As they live concentrating on their present circumstance, they also considering their future. They make plans and prepare for the next season they are about to enter to.
Every season we are in today, you can be certain that there are times that season will change. Life can be like a rollercoaster. It’s not always going be summertime. As wise men or women, we should start thinking about our future and start preparing today.
To someone it could be spiritual growth related, to make more time to spend in the Word of God. Another could be relational, maybe you are single and you want to get married and start your own family. It also could be related to your career, or business growth. Whatever it maybe, each one of us has seasons in all aspects of life.
Preparation is not only physically. It can also be in terms of prayers. The prayers we pray today can make a lot of differences in your tomorrow. Most of our prayers should be concerning our future. In the Lord’s Prayer, in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verses 9 to 13, The Lord’s Jesus said, “Pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation.'” Yes, there are times we would have emergency prayers, but we should always pray beforehand.
Life is governed by principles. Look around you and you will see or notice this one of life governing principles and make sure as you prepare to remember that, “You cannot attract what you attack.” Don’t attack what you want to attract.
For instance, if you want to attract love, don’t attack it. If you want to attract Jesus, don’t attach Him. If you want to attract godly things, or maybe good manners, don’t attack them. Don’t attack people and things that you want to attract in your life. Don’t attack money if you want to attract money into your life. Don’t attack your boss if you want all to go well with you at work, hahaha. It is that simple.
In due time we will reap what we sow. So make sure you sow what you want to reap. If you sow criticism in life, you are going to reap criticism from other people. If you sow kindness, you are going to reap kindness. Basically, what goes around comes around.
Charles F. Haanel said, “Whatever you desire for yourself, affirm to others, and it will help you both. We reap what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love, and health, they return to us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear, worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own lives.” I also read this somewhere, it says, “Attract what you expect. Reflect what you desire. Become what you respect. Mirror what you admire.”
Let’s learn from these wise little creatures today. So whatever you need to prepare for your next season, we should be reminded that we need to sow that we want to reap and harvest in our lives. In the Bible in the book of Galatians chapter 6 verse 9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” It’s summertime!
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