TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 22, 2020:
Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; perseverance in doing good.
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.
Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Ants seem like a small and insignificant creature yet in the two verses we have put above ants are held up by King Solomon as an example of industry for those who tend to be lazy. King Solomon suggests that we would be wise to consider the ways of the ant. Ants have no captain but on their own gather their food in the summer and they store it up for the fall harvest. They are constantly working to find food and bring it back to their nest. The ant prepares for the time when food may be scarce.
The ant is an example of industry, diligence and planning. The ant serves as a rebuke to a sluggard, a lazy person who lacks self-discipline. These Proverbs serve to warn us against laziness. Laziness keeps us from our responsibilities to provide for ourselves and this is not acceptable to God.
It is apparent that King Solomon was a keen observer of God’s creations and of human behavior. From the ant we can see the importance of planning ahead and putting away provisions for the future (Proverbs 30:25).
King Solomon has passed on to us his insights and practical advice for living not only a productive life but a God-honoring life. The lazy person ducks responsibility and procrastinates planning for the future. As a result, the lazy person wastes both opportunities and gifts that God has given to him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Help me to be wise and learn from Your marvelous creations valuable life-style lessons. Thank You that Your Word is truth and that the truth of Your Word makes me wise.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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