“6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,”
Sluggard, meet ant. See how different you are from her? She is more wise than you are.
Here we have a sharp warning about the dangers of laziness. While it’s not considered much of a sin here in Australia, laziness is surely a big one in poor areas around the world. When you have to work to help your family survive, being lazy is destructive to that balance of survival.
Solomon gets out a magnifying glass for us all to examine an insect, the ant, that is both diligent in it’s work and yet is leaderless.
Ant colonies work as a great team. They invade a house together or attack a bigger insect as a sizable force. Each ant is focused on the task of getting food or construction and does not slack unless injured.
Proverbs talks of the ant adapting to the supply and bringing food in whenever it is available. We can learn so much from how animals like ants work. There is a vast separation from the lazy person and the hard-working ant.
For how long will you sleep? Solomon says laziness is not right. Rest in itself is not bad, but when it takes priority instead of work, God has an issue with you. We have been blessed with rest, but we must not overuse it.
The great danger with wasting your time is that you need it to work and survive. One may think their family’s wealth will always provide for them, but it is not guaranteed to do so. I know many people who come from wealthy families and they have full time jobs and don’t laze around at all. Need can come upon the lazy overnight, and he thumps on the door quite persistently!
While we are trying to be wise in our business dealings (as seen in verses 1-5), we mustn’t meantime fall into the ditch of thinking things will take care of themselves, and be trapped by our sluggishness. Amen.
Pondering: Laziness robs us of the good things we could have done with our time otherwise. How do we avoid this sin and the destruction from it?
Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.