You might be wondering to yourself, “What in the world is she going to write in this post.” And yes, that thought ran through my mind also, but I actually do have some important and meaningful things to say about our little friend – the ant!
First I want to point you to one of my favorite verses on saving, found in Proverbs 6:6-8:
“Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.”
There are a few things to take away from this passage, but first I want to ask you, what do you see in this verse? Without stating the obvious, the Lord is suggesting some principles here that apply to our finances in BIG ways.
We are called here to observe the aunt, to watch how this little creature conducts its daily business. If you have ever paused for a moment to watch an ant, it really does exactly what this verse describes. The ant works hard during the summer, so that it can rest and relax for the later times where it may be harder to harvest food.
I can’t help but think about the movie “Ants”….have you seen it? They work hard all year long and provide food not only for themselves, but also for the mean grasshoppers! They are very diligent, disciplined, and also seem to have fun doing it!
But that is not all that we see in the Bible about ants, consider Proverbs 30:24-25:
“24 Four things are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer.”
As you can see, we actually have a lot to learn from the little ant, and if we had half the wisdom this creature possesses, we would be pretty well off in our finances!
Here are a few points to take away from these verses:
- Have enough wisdom in your finances to save
- Save and prepare without being told you should (v. 7 above)
- No matter how small your resources, you can still save
- Always be ready for hard times, it can happen to anyone
Be diligent in what you do, because it is very possible to look around, and find that no one else is doing it themselves! Very few people in our society today have the ability to save, yet if you can, when the hard times come, you will be more than ready to face the obstacles ahead. And trust me, times will get hard.
Don’t let your circumstances define you, but rather, be prepared for whatever circumstance you might face. Here is a quote I really admire from Aristotle:
“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. “
So let’s not forget the ant today, and let’s do things a little differently, always being prepared for the future starting now.
By: Erika Pizzo