Consider the Ant

Consider the Ant

Daily Reading: (Proverbs 6:6-8):

“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.” (Proverbs 6:6-8).

Did you know that Scripture tells us to consider the ants (Proverbs 6:6-8)?Take a moment and marvel at how incredible they truly are. Here are some amazing ant facts:

  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.[1]

Proverbs 6 shows us how God views these amazing creatures He has made.  

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!What is a sluggard anyway? In the Hebrew the word (atsel) means sluggish or lazy.  When it comes to the provisions of God don’t be lazy, look all around you, see it, take hold of it, and use it to prepare you for the seasons ahead (Proverbs 6:6-8).

The text says, “It has no commander,no overseer or ruler.”This reminded me of another verse in Scripture: “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23). Be like the ant. If you are working for the Lord, oh the things you can accomplish, oh the obstacles you can overcome (Colossians 3:23).

Even the mundane tasks at work, do it as unto the Lord. You will receive your reward from the Lord, not your boss. When you do it unto the Lord, He sees and rewards. Jesus said in Luke 16:10, whoever is faithful with very little will also be faithful with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Matthew 25:21: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’” I believe those who are diligent like the ant with their time on earth are going to be entrusted to an awful lot of great stuff in heaven. What joy!

The text tells us that if we consider the ways of the ants, we would be wise (Proverbs 6:6) The ant is diligent and has initiative. It knows that it has to consistently prepare for the future. It doesn’t procrastinate or wait until the last minute to prepare its provisions. That’s the practical life wisdom we can learn from the ant. The provisions God has given you today, how super abundantly blessed we are, (taking care of our needs) also propel us forward into what plans He wants to accomplished in and through us. God’s supply doesn’t run out, it is consistent and constant and like the ant we should be diligent in spending time with our Savior receiving from Him so we are prepared to move forward by faith into the prosperous path He is leading us forward in.

[1] Ants: Fun Facts About Ants & Ant Information For Kids.

Take Me For Pomegranate

Take Me For Pomegranate…Devotional

Daily Reading: (1 Kings 7:13,14,18,20,42 & Colossians 3:23):

13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.18 He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars. He did the same for each capital. 20 On the capitals of both pillars, above the bowl-shaped part next to the network, were the two hundred pomegranates in rows all around. the four hundred pomegranates for the two sets of network (two rows of pomegranates for each network decorating the bowl-shaped capitals on top of the pillars); 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”

Huram’s name means noble and there isn’t a more noble work than to be a part of building the Kingdom of God. The text says that Huram was filled with 3 specific things…. wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Those appointed to do God’s work are filled with wisdom, understanding and knowledge and that is every believer’s story who has the mission of building the kingdom as we share the Gospel (Exodus 31:2-3, 1 Kings 7:14).

Both 2 Chronicles and 1 Kings say that “he” set up the pillars and “he” named them Jachin and Boaz (1 Kings 7:21) Jachin means “he will establish,” and Boaz signifies “in him is strength.” Taken together, the names were a reminder that God would establish in Jesus strength. The sign would be a pomegranate.

Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness, because the pomegranate is said to have 613 seeds. I know it is not an exact number of seeds, but that number corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah in the Old Testament. So, the pillars are outside on the porch of the temple before you would enter into God’s Holy Temple. The pomegranates were a message that if you are righteous and fulfill all 613 commandments perfectly all the time then go ahead and enter. The pomegranates that Huram constructed each bearing those 613 commandments we failed at- showed that sin separated us from God in the Holy of Holies.

The pomegranates that Huram constructed each bearing those 613 commandments we failed at- showed that sin separated us from God in the Holy of Holies.  However, Hebrews 6:20 says: Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Melchizedek means my king is righteous. Jesus is our righteousness- He was able to enter in past the sign of righteousness, the pomegranates to enter in and offer a sacrifice for our sins, His blood, that cleanses us forever.

This “forever” aspect changes the way we are blessed and how we receive our blessings from God. As our High Priest, Jesus represents us before God. Since His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, which is one of righteousness, His righteousness becomes our righteousness forever. This means that we are forever righteous in God’s eyes! Obviously, this is wisdom, understanding, and knowledge from God.

By why did Huram make 400 of these pomegranates? Couldn’t he have got the message across with just a really large one on each pillar? The number 400 represents the covenant God made with Abram in Genesis 15:13 “ Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.” A 400 year period of waiting for God to fulfill His promise to His people from Genesis 12:2-3 seen in the 400 total pomegranates on two pillars.

There was a subtle almost hidden message about our righteousness written by the man who commissioned the building of God’s Temple with the pillars of pomegranates. The message is that blessings are perpetually on your life because the Bible says that blessings are on the head of the righteous (see Proverbs 10:6), and you are righteous forever!

The bride of Christ the church which is us is written about in Song of Solomon 4:3: “Your lips are like a scarlet cord, and your mouth is lovely. Behind your veil, your brow is like a slice of pomegranate.” This sounds strange if you don’t know what the pomegranate is a sign for. Our thoughts, our mind is like a righteous pomegranate because we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Solomon continues in 4:7: “You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.” God sees the perfection of His Son’s finished work in your life. By one offering of Himself at the cross, Jesus has perfected you forever (see Hebrews 10:14)! You have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). And you will never find any spot in this righteousness that Jesus died to give you. So, God wants you to see yourself righteous—all fair and spotless in Christ.