"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise"
The word 'sluggard' actually means a habitually lazy fellow, be it at home, school or office. The result of this is poverty, poor academic performance and failure in life. Just a little sleep, some wandering about, and then, procrastination: "I will study it tomorrow." What is needed here is action. Hear William Ward, "Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing and dream while others are wishing." Arise from your sleep, and be busy with your books.
In today's text, the sluggard is invited to learn from the ants which are active, hardworking, determined, and cooperating creatures. They are focused and work tirelessly to achieve set goals. Ants do not have dull moments. They network and are alert yet they have no guide, teacher or instructor to make things work. As self-starters, they are wise to prepare ahead. How about your forthcoming tests or school project? Do you read the 'Search the Scriptures' lesson in preparation for the Sunday school? Do your best in everything, pray and God will see you through.
CHALLENGE: Do not allow dull moments in your life; be active.
PRAYER: Lord, take away from me the sluggard spirit in Jesus' name.