6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
This passage was often used by my father to get me out of bed and doing something productive. Funny how something can bring back so many memories. My dad, however, was right to teach us the need to get up and get going. To this day I do not lounge around very well, it always seems that there is something better to do. (Yes, I do enjoy a good show or movie when I can.) The lessons of my father taken from Proverbs 6 were deeply carved into our minds.
You have seen a line of ants before. Without a leader they all seem to be doing their job to bring food back to the colony. They prepare on the good days for the bad days that will come. Solomon uses this example from nature to teach us a valuable life lesson. When things are going well be sure to put aside for the days when things won’t be going so well. The obvious instruction here is to prepare food and finances for the unknown future. We don’t know how long our current position will last so we ought to be preparing something for the possibility of having less. A friend of mine once received a 40% cut in pay, was able to live on 40% less and was happy to have a job.
The people of the world, those without Christ, are often better managers of their money than we who know Christ. Perhaps if we were better managers and savers we would have more to live on when needed and more to give when burdened. I was once given $5,000 by a woman whom I never expected to have money. Her gift met a great need in the church and I was thankful that she had it to give.
Perhaps we could also consider the possibility of saving up relationships and building friendships when we have the opportunity to do so. The time will come when a friend would be a great benefit but if no investment into the friendship happened it might not be there in your time of need. When we were raising children we did not have much time for outside friendship. We all understood that but still tried to connect once or twice a year at least. Those we stayed in contact with are still our friends today. Those we did not stay in contact with might be Facebook friends but not ones that would come help if needed. Let’s consider taking time to invest in friendships as well.
Speaking of friendship, I am thankful the many friends who are praying for us today. Your prayers are being answered as God is shaping us to serve Him more and more in Jakarta. Please keep up those prayers for open hearts and strength to continue.
Last night we called two of the girls from GFL youth group. Jared had a rough day and he perked up seeing these girls that he knows and loves. Thanks girls for taking your time to spend with Jared and with us.
Once again, be in prayer for Sunday. I will be bringing a message, a bit more doctrinal this week, from 1 John 2:18-27. In this passage the Apostle John teaches us about the anointing we have from God and about the antichrists that don’t have the same anointing. I have found this to be a fascinating study and trust it will encourage your hearts as well. If you are out of country, you can look up Jakarta International Baptist Church and get the message Sunday afternoon here which is your Saturday midnight.
Have a great day in the Lord,