We live in a microwave society, one that celebrates quick fixes. Folks ‘almost’ idolize anything that will cut short the time or effort needed to get to the end of the matter – see results. I will use weight loss as an example. I have tried products that promised rapid weight loss in 7 days – no diet or work out required, and yiup you guessed it, they #FAILED! While in school, I would take out at least 5 minutes from my study time to fantasize about how grand it would be to hit my head with my text books and have all the words fall in my brain and STICK (a girl is allowed to day dream)! Considering the number of text books I had to study, I definitely would have had headaches as a permanent companion.
While perusing the web, I stumbled upon a quote by Thomas Edison, which says, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work“, and like Oprah often says, I had an “AH HA” moment. Opportunity isn’t always dressed in couture and doesn’t always arrive in a private jet.
Unlike the Harry Potter series and the array of Mills and Boons novels out there, the Bible is not read nearly enough. This is such a shame, because I have come to realize just how transferable, practical and effective the Word of God is. There are principles that are clearly outlined, do this and you will get this – to get this, do this. Unfortunately, folks are more interested in doing the two-step to a drive-through break-through, and in the process of ducking/dodging ‘work’, opportunities wave good-bye.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (NLT) says, take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise. Though they have no Prince or Governor or Ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. I specifically used the NLT translation, because it elaborates and is an easier read. Isn’t it interesting that ants are the point of reference? They are so small, so easy to trample on, yet they are wiser than most human beings, who I might add have the breath of God in them. Now tell me, isn’t that a shame?
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. I decided to use the AMP translation here because it has more “imph”, it is so direct and doesn’t mince words. The NLT says Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Waiting on your couch to win the lottery is slow death because your faith is in luck, and you are looking to man to build you up.
God has deposited gifts in us that need to be utilized. Allowing these gifts to lie dormant is a disservice to the world and definitely does not honor God. It is supper dupper tropper lopper (just made these up…lol) important to spend time with yourself and to fellowship with God. It is in those quiet times that you receive revelations and gain deeper insight into your purpose.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live] Ephesians 2:10. God is not a drive-through; He does not have an emergency ward. He is a God of structure, a God of principle. He is a faithful God and He never fails. Take a page from the work ethics of the ants, do not be an idle mind, give God something to work with and He will meet you half way, causing you to be an uncommon success – evidence of the divine and supernatural.