Daily Proverb: Self-Rule and Self-Discipline


6 Go to the ant, you lazybones!
Consider its ways, and be wise.
7 It has no chief, overseer or ruler;
8 yet it provides its food in summer
and gathers its supplies at harvest-time

~ Pr 6:6-8 (CJB)

The ant does not wait to be told what to do, yet human beings often do.  Over and over again, the Bible commends those who willingly obey God and His commandments.  Those who do not are called “fools” because they reject knowledge.

Yet, fools are allowed to make their own decisions and reap the rewards of their conduct.  They see the example of the ant, but they will disregard and have to learn the lessons the hard way.

God may or may not help those who help themselves, to paraphrase an old saying.  However, He will not reward the lazy, either.  We must be self-motivated, but we must be motivated to do what He wants, and we must choose to seek Him out to help in areas where we are weakest.  The truth is, none of us are capable of helping ourselves, but God will help us out only if we ask and are trying.

“Drive” was HWA’s fourth law of success.  We are expected to take the initiative but hand over our plans to God for His blessing.

3 Trust in Adonai, and do good;
settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.
4 Then you will delight yourself in Adonai,
and he will give you your heart’s desire.

5 Commit your way to Adonai;
trust in him, and he will act.

~ Ps 37:3-5 (CJB)