Proverbs 6:6-11 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe her ways and be wise! It has no commander, overseer, or ruler, yet it would prepare its food in the summer; it gathered at the harvest what it will eat. How long, you sluggard, will you lie there? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax, and your poverty will come like a robber, and your need like an armed man.”
Some may look at this passage of Scripture and say, “Gotcha!” Ants have a queen. The Bible is wrong! First of all, you’re missing the point. Second, there may be more truth to what we read here than you realize. Yes, when ants colonize, they have a queen. However, she has one job to do: lay eggs. She doesn’t actually direct anything. The ants just know their roles in the community, and they work together. Hmm, perhaps yet another illustration for us…
Regardless, the point of this passage is to provide observational truth. You look down. You see ants scurrying around. You never know how many there are because they disappear into the ground, but they never seem to stop moving. They work hard! And that is the point here. Don’t be lazy, be industrious. Being lazy leads to poverty. And this is just the beginning. Laziness vs. industry is another theme that we’ll return to in Proverbs!
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 “For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat.”