Proverbs 6:6-8 Dissected & Defined
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways (actions), and be wise: Which having no guide (teacher), overseer (boss), or ruler (leadership), Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
The Need for Spiritual Momentum
This verse is an indictment on lazy people. Of course, it would be easy to point out its application to work, preparation for our kid’s college, wedding days, or retirement. If you prepare for these events, you will be wise. You should not need someone to teach you, lead you, or place demands on you to do this.
This truth applies to our future physical and financial needs, but do we understand how it applies to our future spiritual needs, as well?
Building Spiritual Momentum
My friend Roman told me once of how he would sit at his home’s picture window as a boy waiting for his dad to arrive home from work.
One day, as Roman watched from the window, his dad began rapidly picking up speed. With great force, he drove into the yard and ran into a dying tree in the front yard with his truck. When his dad came inside, Roman was bewildered by this and inquired of his dad why he did that. His dad explained that he wanted to get rid of that dead tree, so he knocked it out of the ground—roots and all. But his dad first needed to gain some momentum. He sped up before the impact to overcome the force that stood before him.
That is how we should look at our “It’s Personal” Daily Devo time. It is meat in the summer and food for the harvest. It is momentum building steam for your upcoming battle that lies ahead.
Prepare in Advance for Battles
Our labor is not in vain when we prepare spiritually for battles in advance. We should not need someone to constantly “teach” us as a guide, or be reminded by a boss, or to be ruled by a leader to store up spiritually.
But yet, when we fail to do so, we starve during seasons in life. We cannot find the nourishment we need to get us through our adversity. Why? We didn’t store it up.