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“Go to the ant, O sluggard, and observe her ways and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6). Most of us have read this verse one time or another.

Ants are constantly busy doing something. Solomon sends the lazy to go watch and take a lesson from them. But not only is there a lesson reminding us not to be lazy, but there’s a lesson of trust and obedience.

I’ve been battling little sugar ants in our apartment and I have to admit it’s a losing battle. I ended up watching them the other day, Instead of focusing on dispatching them. I noticed that the ants followed their leader exactly. The follower ant could have just as easily gone straight and gotten to the next point a whole lot faster, but it didn’t. It followed all the twists and turns of the leader ant. The follower ant trusted completely in the path that the leader had charted out. It didn’t stop to argue with the leader on which way to go. It just obediently followed the leader’s path.

Chart Our Own Course

At times we are tempted to chart our own course, and follow our own ways. We have a hard time trusting that God is leading us in the best way. We are scared when we can’t see the future and so make our own plans. But then our plans crumble and we end up crushed, disappointed, and often times angry that things aren’t working out how we think they should.

When God tells us to go a certain way it’s easy to argue with Him. But God tells us to trust Him completely and He will lead us the right way. We can trust that what He has planned will be beyond our wildest dreams.

In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us, “For I know the plans that I have for  you, declares the Lord, plans of welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.” If we obediently follow exactly where Christ leads and trust Him completely, He promises a glorious future.  

So when you see a line of ants or even just one ant following another, remember we should follow God that way. He’s got something up His sleeve greater than we could ever imagine.

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By Shiayla Lambert. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®.


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