SUNDAY 8TH JULY, 2018
THEME: LEARN FROM THE ANT!
TEXT: PROVERBS 6:6-11; 30:24-28
MEMORY VERSE: Prov. 6:10-11 “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of hands to rest
and poverty will come upon you like a robber and want like an armed man.”
Many people are poor, not because their parents are poor but because they refused to become enterprising. God has given us all the things we need to make out our lives and rise to the level we want to, but when we do not activate the grace of God in our lives, we remain where we are. There is the popular adage that whoever does not work should not eat. In other words, there is on food for a lazy person. Many today expect an open heaven of food and provisions, but forgot that God did not open the heavens to rain food; He sends rain upon the seeds we plant. If we did not plant any seed, there will be no harvest, and if there is nothing to harvest, we should be ready to starve.
There will be a marked difference between a man who sleeps most of the day and the one who goes out to work. When the worker gets his income, the sleeper will become a beggar before him. Seriously, the ant which King Solomon uses in this text is very appropriate. It is an emblem of industry. In verse 8 it says “she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest”. All the year round, she works. We should learn the way they (ants) live so that we can also become enterprising and not become beggars.
Set out time to work because rest is only sweet after labour, because there is something to fall back upon, to eat and to enjoy. Do not use your time to lay about. Cease from idleness and you shall prosper.
HYMN: EMHB 585 – RISE UP, O MEN OF GOD!
PRAYER: Lord, help me to rise up to my responsibilities, make me enterprising and bless the works of my hands in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.