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THE WISDOM OF THE ANT

Recently, my wife and I went to see the movie version of the Marvel comic book character, The Antman (Somehow,when I was a child, I missed that comic book hero.).  As the story goes, a special scientific discovery allowed a person to be reduced to the size of an ant and yet they retained their strength(or it became greater).   While watching the movie, I could not help but reflect on the proverb “The ant are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in summer.”(Proverbs 30:25 NKJV).  What does the ant from this proverb teach us today?

(1) The power of community.  For example, my wife wife and I recently made a trip to Kenya.  While there, I kept noticing along the country side roads these huge mounds that must have been at least 2-3 feet in height.  Asking what they were, I was told by our host that they were “Ant mounds”.   These mounds housed thousands of ants!  And because these ant colonies were not “stinging ants”, the children would often be seen sitting upon these mounds.   God gave the ant colonies the instinctive nature to accomplish many incredible feats together which they could not have done apart.  Likewise, the ant teaches us that special nature of the collective power of community(Common-Unity). The psalmist declared, in Psalm 133, that there is a “commanded blessing” from the LORD God where is there unity among God’s people. 

(2)  Preparedness.  The ant gets ready for the change in season.  Although their food supply may be abundant in the summer, it is scare in the fall or winter months.  So the ant stores up for the eventual change that was coming.  Recall the story in the Bible of Joseph.  God used Joseph to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream:  7 years of a bountiful harvest would later be reversed by 7 years of famine!  Pharaoh, being warned, promotes Joseph from “the prison to the palace”; believing that Joseph had the wisdom and skill to prepare his people for the coming crisis while there was time.   Today,God’s people are being challenged not merely to prepare but BE prepared.  

The ant has also been endowed with a wisdom from its Creator to know the season and times to gather and store it’s food supply.  Likewise, God has a “food supply” for His people.  The LORD has declared, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”(See Deuteronomy 8:4).   God tested His people (under all manner of circumstances) in the wilderness, then He blessed them, bringing them out into the Land He had promised Abraham.

(3) Communication.  Although the ant has no apparent Commander, they are guided and communicate with one another to function as a mighty army.   God has given His people the Holy Spirit as our guidance system as well.   How we need the voice of the Holy Spirit to give each of us guidance,wisdom and direction for these days that are upon us.  Our Lord Jesus has promised never to leave us alone.  He promised, “I still have many things to say to you…when He, the Holy Spirit is come…He will guide you into all truth”(See John 16:1312-15).  Let’s listen to the voice of His Holy Spirit and we will not be distracted from our God-given purpose.

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