Over the centuries, many sayings have been done about not being lazy and always being prepared. We all agree to them, but do we really follow them in our day to day lives? I’m not talking about hoarding things just to hoard them or to say that you have more than the other guy. Not at all. The purpose is to make sure that you are ready for hard times or disaster. God uses the ant to get His message across.
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV)
The ant spends its entire time during the spring, summer, and fall gathering for the hard times of rain and bitter cold. It knows that these times are coming, not that they might be, but WILL be. This is what God is saying to us today.
Don’t keep thinking doomsday and focus so much of your time on that so that the end result is neglect of His commands to all believers. It is being prepared for what you know is coming soon and that to some degree you have control over. We currently are in the beginnings of a seemingly harsh winter here. Do you have the right provisions in our car in case of break down or emergency? If we don’t, get it down now and don’t wait until it is too late. If I was to follow the example of the ant, I would notice the calendar and the weather telling me that winter is very close. I would put blankets, a pillow, matches, candles, non-perishable food items, cat litter, and a first aid kit in the car. Snow and cold might be a few weeks away, but if I do these things I’ll be ready when it hits and can focus on other things.
With winter also coming and the high chance of being snowed in, why isn’t my pantry stocked with canned foods and candles? I know that it will most likely happen and I don’t have to become obsessed with it. Throughout the summer buy an extra can or two each week. In the same theme, why don’t I already have extra water stored up for when the pipes freeze. It’s not like this was to be a one in a million chance. Winter comes around the same time every year. It’s a pretty definite occurrence not a shot in the dark.
The ant knows the routine and doesn’t forego the importance of getting ready for it. That can be applied to so many areas of your life:
– Winter (as in my examples above)
– Preparing house for guest
– When the first hints of layoffs occur, begin preparing resumes and cutting back on spending
– Have kids? Where are you many first aid kits that will be needed, no doubt?
– Got a test next week? Why aren’t you reviewing a few minutes every day?
– Don’t wait till the oil light pops up on the car. Keep it regularly maintained
God knows that we get distracted and lazy. That is why He is reminding us that we need to be alert and prepared. Not obsessed and controlled by it. But be wise and prepared. Get prepared and get onto the next task at hand.
What are you neglecting in your life that you need to be working on for the “for sure” events? Where do you know that you get lazy and keep putting it off till tomorrow which surprisingly never really comes? List these items out and then go back and note how you can get prepared and become “unlazy”. If you need to, work with a mentor or accountability partner because the other viewpoint could show some areas that need work and some unforeseen opportunities.