Posted by: missionventureministries | March 23, 2015

BEING PREPARED – Proverbs 6:6-9

Proverbs 5 vs 6-9

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? (Proverbs 6:6-9)

The lessons in these verses are very important and very appropriate for what is going on in the world today. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

We are to consider the ants’ ways and be wise. If we do not prepare, we should not be surprised if we find ourselves without. These are the Words of our Father in Heaven has given to Solomon. He is telling us all to prepare for tough times, to observe even the tiny ant that is capable of these things. How much more capable are we?

As the ant, we should ensure we have enough food, water and the items that are needed to sustain our households through difficult times. We should always be prepared for possible natural disasters or anything else that might happen unexpectedly in life.

Some people might say, preparing shows a lack of faith, however, the Bible tells us otherwise:

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

The Bible has a great deal to say about those who are like the ants and are prepared, and those who are like the sluggard who are lazy and unprepared.

Proverbs is filled with warnings concerning laziness and admonition to the lazy person. Proverbs tells us that a lazy person hates work: “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work” (Proverbs 21:25); he loves sleep: “As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” (Proverbs 26:14); he gives excuses: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets’” (Proverbs 26:13); he wastes time and energy: “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great waster” (Proverbs 18:9); he believes he is wise, but is a fool: “The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly” (Proverbs 26:16).

Proverbs also tells us the end in store for the lazy: A lazy person becomes a slave: “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor” (Proverbs 12:24); his future is bleak: “A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing” (Proverbs 20:4). The slugger will come to poverty: “The soul of the lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich” (Proverbs 13:4).

There is no room for laziness in the life of a Christian. We are convicted of our need to provide for our families through our labors: “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8); and “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

As Christians, we know that our labors will be rewarded by our Lord if we persevere in diligence: “Let us not become weary in doing good,  for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Like Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers did not give up, so we should also be prepared. He lived his life with integrity, and he prospered at everything he did. He prospers because the Lord was with Him. At the end he tells his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)

Therefore let us remember that on top of the physical preparation there is the spiritual aspect to consider. How solid are you in God’s Word? Do you trust Him? Do you have faith in His Word? Have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior?

As believers in Jesus Christ our old propensity toward laziness, and all other sin, has been replaced by a desire to live godly lives: “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need” (Ephesians 4:28).

Remember: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” (Proverbs 27:12)

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

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