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Seeking Wisdom, Day 6 -About the Ant

February 2, 2016

Solomon prevails upon his son to work (Proverbs 6:6-9). “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy bones. Learn from their ways and become wise. Though they have no prince or governor to make them work, they labor hard all summer, but you, lazy bones, how long will you sleep. When will you wake up?”

Aesop told  a fable about the grasshopper and the ant that illustrates Solomon’s warnings. The ant worked hard all summer, but the grasshopper sang in the meadow all day, enjoying the warm sun and the sweet smelling grass, never thinking about the future. In the winter, when snow covered the ground and the winds blew, the freezing and starving grasshopper knocked on the door of the ant to beg for shelter and food. The ant said, “Where were you when I was working?  Now you want the food I worked for,” and he closed the door.

Some will think the ant was wrong and selfish. He should (there’s that word again) share his wealth with the starving grasshopper. Perhaps the government should intervene, confiscate the ant’s food, and feed the starving grasshopper. This interpretation feeds into politics, and I promised not to go there.

We need to ask, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus was clear. Work is preferable to not working. Jesus was trained to be a carpenter by his stepfather, Joseph. When he left this profession to tell about the word of God, he relied on others to help him and his disciples. His benefactors did so willingly, without a government decree or desire for repayment. Jesus gave them the good news now in the Gospel, healed the sick, revived the dead, and humbly washed the feet of his servants. Then Jesus gave his life willingly, sacrificing his life for our sins, and giving us the hope of heaven. His apostles established the church to continue the good deeds of Jesus.

Our work determines our worth.  It’s a lesson we need to learn. Perhaps the grasshopper could collect an audience and sing for his supper. It’s been done before.


























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