Where do they come from? It seems as if these days, science has an answer for everything. Science often meets theory and we then see a lot of assumptions being made, often by those who do not believe in a Creator. Many scientists today can quickly give you their answers in regards to questions relating to life, evolution, and the beginning. But when it comes to things like instincts, the data gets vague. I’ve found that every piece of “science”, or should I say “false science” that contradicts scripture, happens to have a lot of assumptions or should we say guessing built into it.
I remember back in my early 20s, I became a father for the first time. I remember at this time I was living back at home. At that stage in my life I was pretty care free. However, one evening she (my daughter) and I went out the front door looking for my dad. She was 6. “He must be in the back yard”, I told her. So we started walking around to the back. She started walking out ahead and I remember feeling red flags, an overwhelming sense of caution. “WAIT!”, I yell. She stops in her tracks. “Come walk behind me”, I said. She does, and we continue walking to the back porch. Almost to the other side I hear a rattle. Another step and I would of been on top of a rattle snake. Quickly I stepped back, picking her up in the process. I’m not one to worry about something like this. In all the years I grew up in this place, I never came across a snake this close to the house. Of all the times we played, day or night, our yard always seemed to be a safe place. I’m sorry Professor, but I just don’t see how any type of adaptation over the course of time could be the cause for me receiving the bright red flag at that very moment. I can think of many other times my kids have ran out in front of me while playing around the house or some park somewhere. No red flags, except for this time in a place where I felt safest, my home. There was no noise, no rattle, not until I almost stepped on the thing of course. I had no idea. As people, we love to take credit for having “good instincts”. And that day, I thought that’s exactly what I had – awesome dad instincts. But the more I learn about God, the more I see how involved he is in our lives. It’s not us evolving, it’s him involving himself in our lives. I believe the only one who can bring a gut feeling, that quickly, at the precise moment is our loving heavenly Father.
I think there are times where natural instincts do live within us based on past experiences. These can yield both good or bad results. But then there are those times when we receive a gut feeling, a nudging. Nudging can often come from the Holy Spirit. Angels are also sent to care for people who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14). I believe it is by God’s grace and love that I received the jolt that day.
As that sun rises up, no matter where I am in my faith walk, I believe I must see it for what it really is. A new day. My past, whether it be filled with wins or losses, will not stop time, a new day will come. I see a new day as a fresh start given to us daily. I don’t believe we are supposed continue living off of the joys or regrets for yesterdays actions, with the intention of just coasting forward. I believe a new day brings the opportunity for new actions. What will I do today? How can I live this day out as a disciple of Christ. A new day, a new opportunity, an opportunity to serve, to pray, to forgive, to love. One of the first things God declares was good was the light.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
On this new day may I continue with love and a heart to serve, so I may possibly be a light to someone else, as I live out my true purpose while here in this place.
Walking in obedience doesn’t always come easy, but is always necessary. It gives us an opportunity to grow in our relationship with Jesus. Can I love my kids? Sure, it’s easy to be obedient in that way, and we all should. But how about in situations where we are truly put to the test?
For example, you are walking with your boss to a conference room to meet with a client and her lawyer. And on the way he tells you, “no matter what you do, do not admit you lost the confidential document – we will say there was a break in last night and some stuff was taken. I even have a police report to back this story. Otherwise, the consequences are severe with the possibility of prison time.”
You both enter the room and find a seat. The lawyer presses record on his device. The first question he has for you is, “what happened to the document….?”
Could you remain honest? Could you remain obedient to God?
In the beginning of my faith walk it started with stuff like cursing, what kind of movies I’d watch, what I chose to listen to, etc. The basic worldly stuff many of us begin to confront. But, I learned to never approach with the idea that I’m going to stop cursing because God doesn’t like it. It was more like, I want to stop cursing because I love God and I want to show him how much I love him through my actions. He’s always been there for me, even today. I’ve found that when I do things his way, the results always come out better in the end, than if I did it my way. It’s in that moment you are filled with an overwhelming joy. Your new clear vision reveals that God is with you. So you repeat this process over and over and your faith in him continues to grow. Keep in mind to stay on guard, the devil has a plan for you too. He desperately wants you to break this process and fog your vision.
With love, actions speak so much louder than words and I could never match the action Jesus took to save us. Salvation, this was truly a gift. With any gift, we first must accept it. He suffered the cross then, and today he continues giving to us his love through blessing after blessing.
When someone gives you a gift out of the blue, have you ever felt a need to go out and buy a gift to give back to that person? How about at Christmas gatherings? Have you ever went into one concerned that someone might have went out of their way for you, and you just have to have something ready to give in return. But what can I give them? What do they want?
Consider the gift of salvation and the cost. How much did God go out of the way for you then, and still today? What can I give him in return? What does he want? I know he wants a relationship with me. What can I do to help grow this relationship? How can I be pleasing to my Father in Heaven?
1 Samuel 15:22
But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
Walking in obedience, submission to him and his ways, is not always easy but today I am personally choosing to submit to his instruction. I choose to follow Christ.
I wrote this post to serve as a micro summary of the genealogy from Adam to Moses. I’d like to encourage you to get into Genesis. There is a lot to be taken from the lessons found within this book. Many of these lessons point to the importance of putting our trust in God, and how He will bring us through the trials we must face while here on Earth.
130 years into Adam’s life, he had a son named Seth. Seth had sons who had sons, and eventually we come to Noah. Noah had 3 sons who stepped out of the Ark, Shem Ham and Japheth. Once again Shem had sons who had sons, and eventually that brings us to Abram who later becomes known as Abraham.
Abraham had a son named Isaac who later had two sons, Jacob and Esau. Jacob had 12 sons, one whose name was Joseph. Joseph is sold by his brothers. God brings him through this long journey from being a sold servant to being placed in charge of the entire land of Egypt. Joseph ends up forgiving his brothers and bringing his family into the land of Egypt, 70 in all. Years pass, and after Joseph and all his brothers passed on, the Israelites continued multiplying across the land of Egypt.
Beginning of Exodus:
Eventually a new King with no knowledge of Joseph came into power. Concerned about the number of Israelites now among them, he decides to enforce slave labor, and oppress the Israelites. Still, the Israelites continue to multiply, so the King decides to put out an order to kill their first born sons. It’s about this time that Moses is born.
Sometimes its easy to look at the World as it is today and say a prayer in hopes that Jesus would come. But then you begin to think about the purpose that has been given to us. I was once asked, “If Jesus were to come today, would I be ready?” I believe in my heart, I am! I’ve put my trust in Jesus. However there are people out in the world who have yet to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This makes me want to say, “just once more day God, one more week”.
I’m thankful Jesus didn’t come before I came to know him. Even today there are people out there who are experiencing the love of Jesus for the first time. Every week you’ll find new Christian testimonies. Here’s a recent testimony I’ve come across on Youtube. Enjoy.
No matter what has happened in our past, or as we stumble along our path – his love remains.
No matter where you are in life, he still loves you. And here’s the good news, if you haven’t yet accepted Jesus he invites you to do so. When you make the decision to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior you can now be forgiven and saved. For he already paid the price for your sins; and His love will never fail, it will never give up, and it will never run out on you.
His love is like no other, and by accepting Christ, his love becomes everlasting.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Clay was a born athlete and football was his passion. Highly motivated, every practice Clay would be out there doing drills before the team even showed up. He was the team leader. He loved his coach and his team, and always went above and beyond for them.
One evening he and the team were preparing for a rival game. This wasn’t just any rival game, it was the championship. Sitting in the locker room the Coach began connecting with his players, sharing strategies and exposing the other team’s every weakness. After explaining strategy the coach would often end with, “You must master this…”
That night the team played hard, but it was Clay who crushed every record and ultimately crushed the opposing team. As they were walking off the field a player from the opposing team calls out to Clay’s teammate Trent saying, “You suck man, you don’t belong out here.” In retaliation Trent loses it and attacks the other player only to get nailed by a right cross. Trent hits the ground. Anger quickly turns to laughter as the antagonist skips off the field. With Trent still coming to, Clay reaches down to give him a helping a hand. With a sigh he asks Trent, “What was that all about?” Trent in confusion responds, “what do you mean, you heard what that guy said!?!” Well yea Trent, I heard him – but regardless of what he or any of his team says to you, that doesn’t change the score. The game has already been won.
Sometimes I think it’s easy to put too much emphasis on the little things. In this story the game was won, but the insignificant battles rage on. Trent’s next step was simply to enjoy the bus ride back home. Perhaps we can do the same. Simply enjoy the ride home, and pull as many people on board with us as we can along the way. May we always praise Jesus for his leadership, his will, his love and his grace. He always goes above and beyond for us.
No matter what life brings, and whether I come out of my daily battles victoriously, or feeling completely and utterly defeated, that doesn’t change what happened at the cross. Thanks to Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the battle has already been won. Our adversary has already been defeated, yet he’s like a poor sport walking off the field still talking trash – doing all he can to distract us from the beautiful gift of salvation.
The book of Micah, an Old Testament book written by the prophet Micah, was likely written between 735 and 700 B.C. according to gotquestions.org. Micah prophesies the birthplace of our Savior several centuries prior to his birth.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
I’ve always found this biblical prophesy to be very interesting. Of all the places, Micah states Bethlehem to be the place. The population of this town was estimated to be well under 1,000 with some saying it had as little as 300 in the times of Micah. It was truly a little town.
This verse also declares the origins of Jesus to be “from of old, from ancient times”. There are many out there trying to separate Jesus from God, however the scriptures are very clear both in this case and throughout the Bible. As John 10:30 says, “I [Jesus] and the Father are one.”
The more I grow in my faith, the more I realize how much I rely on Jesus. The motivation to do good works runs dry when attempted alone. He gives me the love and motivation I need to go out into the World with the right heart. Without him, I am just so flawed. This morning I began to read 1 Peter Ch. 2, and in the first few verses it says this:
1 Peter 2:1-3
1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Now, I feel like I’m doing okay on the 1st verse, I’m pretty good at holding my tongue and not getting jealous, I’m sure I’ll have my moments. However, the 2nd verse hit home for me. I desperately need this nourishment, now that I had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. That taste has shaped and molded my life. It even inspired me to start this blog. But the truth is, I cannot do this blog alone, I need him. I cannot live this life in contentment without him, I need him.
This scripture was placed on my bathroom mirror a few weeks ago, and is still there – John 15:5
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
This morning I pray for the love of Jesus to come into my heart and fill me so I may go into this day ready for every good work. May he continue molding me and teaching me through his word so I may live my life in accordance with his will. ~ Amen
I really enjoyed a recent sermon given, titled This or That (The Power of Choice). If you would like to watch you can by clicking here. Life is full of choices and we have been given this God given freedom to make our own choices. The enemy works very hard in trying to influence the choices we make but ultimately, the choices we make is ours and ours alone. I choose to follow Christ, he has proven again and again that his ways are right. My ways, even when they seems right, always turn out wrong – if not aligned with the teachings of Jesus. I now give him all of my Trust, because I know his ways are right, and he has a plan for me, a plan for good, a plan to give me a future and hope. (jer. 29:11)
Sunday there was a scripture I learned that I really like. I posted it below. I want to meditate on this scripture so I can revert back to it when making decisions throughout the day.
In Deuteronomy 30 beginning in verse 29 it says:
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”
The great thing about blogging and scripture is, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, the Word is relevant and true for you today and will always be. Jesus loves you very much and wants a relationship with you. And today, If you haven’t made the decision, you have a choice to accept him as your Lord and Savior.
Wherever you happen to be in your faith Journey, today you will have many choices to make. Follow his ways, commit to Him, and I believe you will be blessed as the scripture says, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses.”
May you stand firm in your faith and choices today and may God bless you in your walk…
As we follow Jesus, we continue learning how to put his words into practice. And for this reason it is so important to be in the word – because situations will often come when we’re least expecting, situations that demand a response. The more we are in the word, the better prepared we will be to respond. And through the word, he gives us the right action plan for whatever life throws our way. It’s a relief of mine to know that I dont have to figure everything out on my own, for I trust in my Lord and Savior and I can look to him for the answer. You know, there was an old song I learned as a kid, and it started out like this. “The wise man built his house upon the rock….” Have you ever heard it? This song is based on the following scriptures:
The Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-29)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
I love God for a number of reasons, and my love for Him grew when I noticed his presence in my life in the midst of marital issues and little hope. I began to seek him in a real way, and that’s when I first got to know God in a real way.
As time continues on, so does life, whether it be a child sick, or things not going so well at work. But then you look to Jesus for direction, and when you follow Him, he makes it as clear as day that he is with you, has been with you, and will not leave your side. He shows you the way through it all, and you find that turning to him worked out better than if you would have done it alone. It always will. I can say, this I’ve experienced time and time again. His ways are better than my own, always.
Sometimes, during those times of disconnect or confusion, I desperately want to feel that feeling, the one you receive in that moment when he makes it clear to you he is with you.
So how do we stay close to Him? What does the Bible say?
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded.
Psalms 145:18: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Collossians 3:16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
So what can we take from these three scriptures? We must always be seeking him and following his ways. Draw near to Him, call on him (pray to him), be in the word. I found one verse where He will come close to you without you doing any of these things. Want to know what it says? Psalms 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. And this happens to be the place where most of us meet him for the first time. Let this not be the only time we feel closest to Him.
So what can we do today, or even in this moment, to draw near to Him?
Spend some time with him. Pray, get into the word, and may we go out with the love of God in our hearts. Commit today to loving Him and loving others, as these are his greatest commandments for us. What better way to draw near to Jesus than to put into action his greatest commandments for you and me. Love is verb, love is an action word. In John 14:15 He says, “if you love me you will keep my commandments. In John 15:17 he says, “This is my command, Love others.”
What can we do today to show love to another? Not sure where to start? Start with those around you this very moment. Also, ask God to give you direction with this and I believe he will. What better way to end this post, then with God’s word; 1 Peter 4:8: Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
The other day I had the privilege of freely going to church on Sunday to give praise and to worship our Father in Heaven. I had the freedom to do this alongside other Believers. May the Lord be with our fellow Christians, the Church, throughout the world who are not experiencing that same freedom, those who are persecuted for their belief in Christ. If this is you, I know the Lord is with you, for you were Chosen by our God long ago, for the bible says this:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5. he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Know that you’ve been adopted, you are a son, you are a daughter.
And He will be with you, even to the end of the age…
And if you are living with persecution I want to also make note of Matthew 5:10, which says: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
May those of us who have more freedom in expressing our beliefs, express it with boldness – and never hold back. May God through the Holy Spirit lift us and move us and may we always be sensitive to his leading. May we always act in love and not be blindsided by the endless number of distractions that come our way.
Jesus served right before He went to the cross. He served his disciples by washing their feet. May we serve others in love and put others before ourselves. I sometimes struggle with this, putting others before myself, especially when they rub me the wrong way. May God help me to continue growing in this area of love and humility, and to always see these situations for what they really are. A test, and perhaps an opportunity to imitate Jesus, as He calls me to do so. I want to learn how to walk more like Jesus as I follow him and his ways.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
I really enjoyed this sermon by Pastor Mark from New Life Christian Fellowship in Tooele, Utah. Talks about some of the things happening in the World today and where we as Christian’s should place our focus during these times. This sermon hit me in so many ways and gave me the encouragement I needed, as I was feeling a little stuck in my faith, trying to push forward.
May I set out today with boldness, never afraid to share the truth. May I live a life that reflects Christ, a life different from today’s culture and the expectations of man. May the way I live be pure in heart only to bring Glory to my Father above. Lord I’m so imperfect, faulty and flawed; I need your help. I cannot do this alone.
I want to continue distancing myself from the old me, the one who was satisfied with merely blending in. I no longer want to blend in but stand out in a way that brings glory to your name. Perhaps living my life as a fully devoted follower of Jesus will beg the question, “why is he like that?”. Maybe then I will have the opportunity to answer that question with the following, “I do this because of my love for Christ, Jesus is my Savior and he has been so good to me. I just never knew it until I began following his ways. I’ve accepted him in my heart as my Lord and Savior. Through all of it, God has always been there in my life. I live the way I live because I have chosen to follow his ways, and those ways are good.”
Perhaps then, I will have the opportunity to share my testimony.
I have a challenge for those who have not yet accepted Christ. The average life span is about 72 years, which translates to about 864 months. Chances are if you’re reading this you’ve already burned though nearly half of them. My challenge for you is to set aside the next 3 months and shake it up a bit from the norm. In these 3 months I’d like to encourage you to seek God with all your heart in these next three months. Find a local bible based church and attend every Sunday. Get involved in a small group. Change the station in your car. Get into the Word of God, the Bible, the book of Matthew and John are great places to start. A big part of seeking God is done by putting his word into practice in your life. And God will be there with you every step of the way.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
I recently listened to a sermon where, during his message, the Pastor quickly added an intriguing fact surrounding the way Solomon referred to the worker ant as a “her” in Proverbs 6:6. The Pastor went on to say, “science has proven all worker ants are female, how would Solomon know this back in his time? I think God had something to do with that.” And, that’s where he ended it. Hearing this sparked my interest to dig in a little deeper.
To begin, here’s a little background on the Proverbs writer, Solomon. Solomon was the third king of Israel, following King Saul and King David. When he ascended to the throne, he sought after God and God gave him the opportunity to ask for whatever he wanted. Solomon humbly acknowledged his inability to rule well and unselfishly asked God for the wisdom he would need to rule God’s people justly. God gave him wisdom and also gave him wealth. Solomon had a great connection with our Heavenly Father. And now Solomon has this great wisdom, not wisdom by human standard, but by God’s. Think about that! Then He goes on to write most of the Proverbs found in the Old Testament. [more on Solomon]
Although he had great wisdom for writing Proverbs, did God just let him run with it solo? I don’t believe so. God maintains supreme authority over every single word used in scripture. This is made pretty clear to us through scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
And so lets take a look at the verse, Proverbs 6:6-8
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
So why doesn’t this verse refer to this particular ant as a he? Because that would be a lie, and you will only find truth in the bible, for the scripture says its impossible for God to lie [Hebrews 6:18 ESV]. All worker ants are truly female. Yes, each and every one. Which means, next time you see an ant carrying a crumb you can tell those with you, “Hey look at Ms. Ant over there carrying that huge morsel all by herself! Then your friend may say, how do you know its not a Mr. Ant? That could make for a great conversation starter!
So who first discovered this through scientific observation. I found out they actually have a word they use for the study of ants, myrmecology. The word myrmecology was coined by William Morton Wheeler (1865–1937), although human interest in the life of ants goes back further, with numerous ancient folk references. The earliest scientific thinking based on observation of ant life was that of Auguste Forel (1848–1931), a Swiss psychologist who initially was interested in ideas of instinct, learning, and society. ~ wikipedia.org
To be honest, I couldn’t find anything that specifically discussed the date the all female workforce was discovered. However, everything I was able to find and research take place between the late 1600s to the mid 1800s.
Here are some comments from this time frame on the study of both ants and bees (includes bees for purposes of discussion)
William Gould (1715–1799), is described by Horace Donisthorpe (British Myrmecologist) as “the father of British myrmecology”.
“For the generative process which takes place in these last two kinds [n.b.: ants and bees] we are almost entirely indebted to the nice and persevering labours of the elder and the younger Hüber; who have decidely proved that what have hitherto been called neuters are females with undeveloped female organs. ”
~ The Study of Medicine – John Mason Good (1825)
(Elder and the Younger Hüber, 17th Century)
“Swammerdam had announced in his Historia Inecorum Generalis (1669) that the queen, hitherto commonly called the “King of the Bees,” is the only effective female in the hive; that the drones are the males and the workers neuters. This identification rested upon his careful and detailed anatomical examination of each sex. He is positive that the workers have no reproductive organs, though it is now known that they occasionally lay eggs. He remarks that both the queen and the workers possess a sting, while the drones have none, and that in structure and disposition the workers resemble the queen rather than the drones.”
So, based on this research it appears that these scientifically observed contributions were just barely beginning to surface post 16th century. Solomon’s proverbs were penned around 900 B.C., a staggering 2500 years prior, during his reign as king when microscopes were non-existent. So how did he know? Well seeing that scripture is God breathed through the writers of the Old and New Testament, and God created the ant, it would only be natural for scripture to refer to these worker ants as female. Could you find a bricklayer who builds walls but calls them chainlink? It just wouldn’t happen.
Now lets not just end there. God knew this would be talked about and you’ll find a lot about this verse online. So why? He had a purpose for this as he does with all scripture.
Let’s read it again:
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
While you let that process and swish around in the brain for a moment, I want to share a cool video that shows how people today, possibly with or without knowledge of this scripture, are doing just that – going to the ant and considering her ways.
Three words, God is Amazing! So lets go back to verse, now that its had some time to settle in. Some of us may read this verse and initially begin pointing the finger toward all the lazy people they know or don’t know. But the truth is, that will accomplish nothing. Instead we should always be asking ourselves, what can I take from this to grow in my faith as a Christian. I know there have been times where I’ve been a “sluggard” or “lazy” in my faith walk. But that doesn’t change the fact that there’s work to be done and a harvest is coming. Are you satisfied with the work you put into it? Personally, I want to do more and I know I can do more. I already know I’m saved, but I want to do more. I want to make my loving Savior, my God proud of me. Just the other day I prayed for God to start a fire in my soul, and that prayer is being answered. I pray for the Church, for all of us Christ Followers throughout the World to be moved to rise and take our faith to that next level, to go out on a limb, to be always changing and growing in our relationship with Jesus.
I hope you found this encouraging and may God bless you in your walk with him.