Lessons From Nature – part (A)
Bible Text;Proverbs 30:24-28(KJV)
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
The ANTS are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.
Solomon in his great _WISDOM_ identified and observed four little creatures of incredible wisdom, namely;
A. The *ANTS*
B. The *CONIES*
C. The *LOCUSTS*
D. The *SPIDER*
Solomon observed some interesting charateristcs of incredible wisdom in each one of the abovementioned four differret little creatures.
We shall be looking at these four little wise creatures one at a time and draw some lessons of inspiration from nature.
Paul in his letter to the Romans alluded to the fact that we can even learn about the invisible power of God from nature.
_Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them._
_For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse_ :
*A. THE ANTS*
*The ANTS* _are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer_ (25)
Preparation in time was the wisdom Solomon observed among the *_ANTS_* .
Though not very strong or bug acreatures, Solomon observed that the ants can conquer poverty and hunger because they are conscientious of seasons and are not lazy to make preparations for the next season..
In one of His Proverbs Solomon had the following to advise lazy people:
_Go to the ant, thou sluggard; *consider her ways, and be wise* :_
_Which having *no guide, overseer, or ruler* ,_
*Provideth her meat* _in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest_
*How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?* _when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?_
_Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, *a little folding of the hands to sleep* :_
*So shall thy poverty come* _as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man_ .
The traits of wisdom Solomon observed from the ant are characterised by _PUNCTUALITY_ and _HARDWORKING_ .
A *sluggard* is a lazy person.
Laziness and procrastination invite hunger and poverty.
These two vices can ruin a person”s life. It is foolish to be lazy as it is foolish NOT to do things in time.
Procrastination can forfeit you future opportunities. The five foolish virgins (Matt. 25) missed it out big time because of lack of preparations in time.
Fools are charscerised by laziness and lack of time management
Laziness and lack of time management are one and the same thing. A lazy person is not mindful of time. He or she thinks can aways do tomorrow what he or she cannot do today. This was the foolishness of the five virgins mentioned in the parable of the Lord in Matthew 25.
_Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom_ .
_And five of them were wise, and five were foolish._
The five virgins that were foolish took their lamps, and took NOT oil with them in time. They did not make WISE preparations for their future engagements.
But the wise virgins took axtra oil in their vessels in time for future eventualities. They acted as wisely as tbe ants because the made ready the oil in time unlike the other five foolish virgins who procrastinated until the last minute.
Procrastination shows lack of urgency. It portrays lack of will and self-determination. Procrastination is informed by lack of wisdom and laziness.
Laziness is not lack of power or resource but lack of will. It is lack of self-motivation. The ANTS are self-motivated and tberefore they work hard.
HARDWORKING is not determined by strength or power but by self-motivation or willingness to work. In English culture they say WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY.
Are you willing?
_Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it *WILLINGLY* with his heart ye shall take my offering._
_And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them._
Even God desires a willing heart to serve Him.
_If ye be *WILLING* and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:_
The ANTS eat the food of the land in *winter* not because they are big and powerful, but simply because they are _WILLING_ to work in *sumner* in preparation for winter.
In English culture again they say MAJ HEY WHILE THE SUN SHINRS
_Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding._
_Lessons From Nature – Part (A)_
*Bible Text: Proverbs 30:24-28 (KJV)*
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