Daily Devotional – ANTS

Proverbs 13:4 Illustrated: "The sluggard craves and gets nothing ...

AMP and RVR 1960


CONTEXT:

Mi suegra (mother-in-law) calls me her “conejito energizante” (energizer bunny) because I am always working. While I love her biblically she would be better off comparing me to the ants we can find in the sand pile in her back yard. 

The bible makes a clear comparison to those that work and provide (Ants) for their families, ( I would include immediate, church and the least of these in  need) to those that are lazy (Sluggards) and expect government handouts. Proverbs 6:6-8

All of Proverb 13, is a contrast of how a righteous person conducts their life vs. the unrighteous. The first few verses set up the 4th:

v.1 A wise son (remember Proverbs 6) accepts and does the instruction of the Father – while the one who laughs at instructions is doomed to errors

v.2 Wise and righteous words bring about much good fruit – while veil and evil words bring about violence and destruction 

v.3 A person who guards their mouth, thinks before they speak, is blessed – while and unguarded mouth leads to ruin 


BREAKDOWN:

The soul – While a few modern translation try and DUMB this down for readers I think they do it a GREAT disservice. It is the very soul, of a man that is in question here. The Hebrew word is Nephesh: (Strong’s 05315)

Definition
  1. soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion
    1. that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man
    2. living being
    3. living being (with life in the blood)
    4. the man himself, self, person or individual
    5. seat of the appetites
    6. seat of emotions and passions
    7. activity of mind
      1. dubious
    8. activity of the will
      1. dubious
    9. activity of the character
      1. dubious

of the sluggard desireth, – The desireth, some render it craving, appetite or wanting; the point is the lack of ambition (idleness) overcomes the  desire or need for work 

and hath nothing: – If y’all can’t see this you are more than physically blind, If you work at nothing you gain nothing. Zero (work) + Zero (effort) = Zero (Product). At least biblically that is the way it should be. The Apostle Paul wrote in his Second Letter to the Church at Thessalonica 3:9-11, if a man capable man will not work neither shall he eat. 

but the soul of the diligent – Same soul as the sluggard above, but this one infused by God’s Grace and motivated to do diligence in life, that is someone who has a willingness and desire to work and not only provide for their families, but at the same time please God. 

shall be made fat. – You have to love the KJV, in today’s society being “FAT” is taboo, unless of course you understand that it is the Hebrew word “Dashen” meaning to become prosperous and anointed.  


APPLICATION:

America as a whole has become a nation of entitlement, those who think they are entitled to something just because they live here. They have neither earned, payed into or worked for that entitlement but they demand it anyway. Unfortunately some so called “Christians” have bought into this mentality. One that is completely UNBIBLICAL.

God expects, no demands that capable men work and provide for their families. Young men of age have NO EXCUSE (I have heard them all from my degree won’t get me a job to I keep emailing in resumes, to they only offered me $__,000 )  to be sitting idly by playing video games all day. 

Ants are known as hard and industrious always working to get the job done. The bible warns us that we are to be as ants, and not as lazy “Couch Potato Christians”.

The question is simple, are you a worker or a sluggard? 

OTHER RESOURCES:

Is “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” a biblical statement?

The U.S. is one of the world’s laziest countries — and it’s making us fat

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