The Ants were spending a beautiful winter’s day drying grain that they collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, dying from hunger, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants asked him, “Why did you not store up food for yourself during the summer?’ He replied, “I didn’t have enough time. I passed the time away in singing.” They then chided him and said, “If you were foolish enough to waste time and sing all summer, you must dance supperless into your bedroom in the winter.”
Application #1: Proverbs 6:6 commands us to “Go to the ant, O sluggard!” Look and consider how they work diligently to sustain themselves so that in times of winter, they are well taken care of. Many of us, in times of trouble, may find ourselves like this Grasshopper for no other reason than we wasted our time upon leisure and recreation when we should have been diligently preparing for the future. Whether economically or spiritually, if we ignore or neglect to discern and make provision for ourselves or our family, it will be no wonder when our poverty comes upon us suddenly and we find ourselves hungry (Supported Reading: Prov 13:4; 20:4).
Application #2: It’s inevitable that spiritual winters will come. Not every season in our lives will be noticeably joyous. Many of us may even have to face wintery years. But when times of peace and sunshine come, don’t squander it! Meditate and treasure up for yourselves rich truths from God’s word. Do not forsake God when prosperity occurs, as is the propensity for many to do (Deut. 6:12; Prov 30:8-9). Graze and gather wheat from the luxurious field of God’s word and store up in your heart Scriptures great and small (Psalm 119:11). So that when the winter comes again, you do not end up dying for lack of knowledge (Prov 10:14).