Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Future ...

"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
Picnics are great for fun, food and fellowship. We love to get together and play games, chit-chat across the table and enjoy one another's special recipes. The group may be family, friends, co-workers or church members, but we never extend an invitation to one little family. Our Uncles can come, but not the ants. But then, they don't need an invitation to show up and carry on their daily work. They attend every summer picnic possible with one thought in mind... the future. 
The Scriptures regularly call our attention to lessons from creation. God has given us many creatures from which to gain helpful insight. From the sparrows to the lilies of the field, the Lord's classroom is always open. Today we are directed to study the ant... a very little fellow who barges into our daily lives without warning. He is busy, busy, busy, with his assigned work of storing food for the needs of his family. He never procrastinates because he has one thought in mind... the future.
Many people on the other hand are notorious procrastinators. This lesson is needed for most of us every day. How well do you plan ahead? Are you prepared for the unexpected? Or do you wisely do today, what could be put off until tomorrow? The wisest move for us is to be spiritually prepared for the Lord's imminent return. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-16... "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity..." with one thought in mind... the future.

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