Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

What is the best way to be ready for the future? Solomon found inspiration in an unlikely source: by observing ants.

Some people become obsessed with short-term pleasures, interests of the moment, instant gratification, and satisfying their appetites. But these tiny creatures are different. After a harvest, they gather their provisions, preparing for the future. They plan ahead, knowing that they need to be prepared.

Further, ants are not wasteful but prudent and hard working. In contrast, some people are “sluggards.” They don’t act unless forced to do so. They lack discernment and self-control. Some crave many things but get nothing because of laziness (Proverbs 13:4). They simply “refuse to work” (Proverbs 21:25), yet still have a huge appetite.

Because they don’t sow, they don’t reap. In fact, they beg during the harvest (Proverbs 20:4). As a result of their choices, they often are filled with fear and worry and cannot see past their immediate circumstances. Yet they also are proud and critical of others.

If we are wise, we won’t be sluggards but will learn from ants. We will show initiative, and not wait for a crisis to act. We will not be wasteful or spend our resources on short term pleasures but will sow seeds into our future. We will be prudent and prepare, and think ahead. We will pray and seek God’s direction. And we will seek first His Kingdom.