Wake Up!

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 6:6-11

When I was younger, I thought of retirement as something that seemed so far away in the distance. I did not care much about employee benefits, although I always had decent benefits with the companies I worked for. I was more concerned with how much money I made although kids now make more money working at a fast food restaurant than I did in my early professional jobs. The older I get, the more I think about retirement and the closer I get to my own retirement. I always enjoyed working and I became more excited when I realized I could make money doing it and it allowed me to buy things that I wanted. The Bible tells us that in all labor there is profit, and I do believe God has a job for all of us to do. The day is coming when the sun may set on our careers, but there will always be work for us to do.

I used to wake up early for a job when were first married, and I longed for the weekend so that I could sleep in and not worry about the alarm clock. My daily routine became to come home, play video games, and if I did not play too long, try and take a little nap. Rebekah would be home at 5 PM or so, and we would get Chinese takeout or something else quick, and stay up to watch our favorite show from 10-10:30pm. We would go to bed and start the whole thing over again the next morning. We watched a lot of television, and I am not sure what else we really did. We could have taken walks, been involved in ministry opportunities, or built relationships, but yet we chose frivolous things which did not have any eternal value. We eventually joined a gym, but we were always strangers when we walked in as we did not frequent it very much.

Time is much like money and if you do not manage your time, it will manage you. God has designed us to do productive labor and He wants us to be busy in the work He has given us to do. He has not created us to be idle, and He even says, If a man does not work then he should not eat. We live in a society that does not desire to work. Many feel the “9 to 5” is an archaic thought and things should be free, even though I am not sure who they think should and would be paying for all of the things they want and need. At times we fail to realize that work is a blessing from God, and sleep is always sweet after a hard day’s work. We often do not sleep as we should as we are caught up in things that do not matter and engrossed in social media which provides little value to us or others. There is a time for everything, but we must be careful that we do not rob ourselves of the time that belongs to God by being involved in things that do not matter.

God created the ant, and Solomon used these creatures as an example for how we should be. The ant has no one telling them what to do, yet they prepare for the time when food will be scarce and for seasons when there will be famine. We are told to watch and learn from an insect that we often ignore, but if we look closely, we can see them always at work. They show up at our picnics and carry away things that never seem to overburden them. They put us to shame with their work ethic, and it would behoove us to stop and watch and learn. There is nothing wrong with having hobbies and such, but we must not let them overtake the time God has given us on this earth. The sun is slowly setting and will you be ready when it sets on your life?

Are you busy about the Lord’s work? Are you asleep and in need of being woken up? Is God’s alarm clock going off and you keep pushing snooze? May we busy about the Lord’s work and looking for ways to fill our time for His honor and glory. May we be diligent in what God has given us to do, and may we be careful to not complain about the work He has given us. Will you look to the ant and learn? Will you take time to get on one knee and learn from the wisdom an insect can provide? The wisest man that ever lived took time to learn from the ant, and may we not be too busy or too proud to do the same. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

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