In Proverbs 6, Solomon offers some advice to the “sluggard” (:6-8; 9-11). This verse tells him to “go” and “consider” the ways of the ant – and then he tells him what he should be looking for (:7-8).
Based on ancient living conditions, I don’t suppose it was hard to find an ant or two scurrying around – even in the king’s palace! So the lazy guy wouldn’t have to go very far or look too hard to find one. And if he is actually thinking, he really can learn a thing or two.
“Be wise” is the desired outcome of this investment of time and energy for the lazy guy. Later in Proverbs 30:24-25, Agur also notes the ant and extolls the virtue of “ant-hood” (or should that be “ant-dom?”). If you’ve ever stopped to watch them, they are pretty amazing little dudes!
The value of this mental exercise is simple. Observe, gain some insights about what we see and then apply it to our lives. The opportunity to see, learn and grow is all around every day – often in seemingly insignificant situations. The ability to grasp this truth and learn such life lessons is the beginning of wisdom…is life-changing…and is liberating!