“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11 (KJB)
The word “sluggard” is not a good or pleasant word. No one in their right mind would want to be called a sluggard, or lazy. The instruction from Solomon in these words are very powerful words for us in 2018 United States of America.
One of the saddest things to see is people who have very little, but want more, and want someone to give it to them. I figured out, through my own eyes, looking in the mirror, that poor people can be and are just as greedy for material wealth as are the wealthy; if not more so. At least most wealthy people have done something; they have worked hard, labored day and night at times; to get what they got in the world of working and commerce.
Solomon’s lesson of the ant is a good one. Have you ever watched ants working? They are constantly looking for food stuffs to put away for the seasons ahead. God made them that way. You never hear them whining about anyone having more than they do; they just do.
I hear some folks whining about an unfair system; saying the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. There is one thing for certain if all you do is sit around feeling sorry for yourself because someone else has more than you do; and you do nothing to better your situation; then you will get poorer.
God blesses a person’s labor. There is nowhere in Scripture where we are told that He blesses laziness, and sloth.
The Lord who has made all things loves the poor poverty stricken individual and families; and He loves the wealthiest of people too. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for all who will come to Him. He is calling you to come to Him. Believe the lesson of the ant; believe Him.
Paul the apostle has written by the Spirit of God,
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10