Planning and Laziness

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,  she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest” (Prov. 6:6-8) The writer here is rebuking the lazy person. Don’t be lazy. Be diligent. He uses the ant as a good example of diligence. Look at vv. 7-8. The ant has no boss or no manager that checks on her. But she works tirelessly.

The ant is also a fitting model of wise planning. Why does she prepare her bread in summer? Because there will be winter after summer. Palestinian ants store grain for the winter. Why does she gather food in harvest time? Because after harvest time, there will be no more food. In order words, the ant plans ahead and prepares for the future. She is not lazy enough to lie down and do nothing. The ant works hard today to prepare for the future.

In this context, to plan ahead is to prepare for tomorrow. But a failure to prepare for tomorrow is a sign of laziness. And the result of laziness is poverty. If you don’t prepare today, there will be poverty tomorrow.

What do you want to be three years from now? Plan today. Do you need to pass your tests in school? Plan your study schedule today. Will you give more for the church building campaign? Make a plan today. What ministry is the Lord calling you to do in 2012? Prepare today.

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