“Go to the ant, you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise”
Years ago, before entering ministry, I worked as a director of a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed teenagers. As part of the recreation component of the program, it was decided to start a facility baseball team and have games with other schools within our area. So I told the newly formed team to come up with a name for the team that would represent their heart… and I would leave the name completely up to them. After many suggestions, some great and some not so great, they decided that their team would be called, “The Ants”!
I could imagine the cheers… Give me an A! Give me an N! Give me a T! Give me an S! And what do you have? “ANTS”! Go Ants!
Although humorous, they were serious… and they were right! So should we go to the ant. God’s Word continues to say in Proverbs 6:7-8, “It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provision in summer and gathers its food at harvest”. The ant builds up its food for a time of need. What we need to build up may not be food at the moment, but we should be building up our faith… because we will surely need it!
Jude 20 exhorts us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit. Every day we should be building up our faith and growing in faith. Our faith grows and gets built by hearing and reading God’s Word, by prayer, by studying God’s Word, by exercising our faith daily, participating in church activities, hearing powerful testimonies of God’s faithfulness and spending time in His presence.
There will be a time where we need our faith. There will be challenges and situations that happen to us in which we will need to draw our faith out of the reservoir of faith that we have hopefully been building up. There are so many believers today that are shaken and crumble and have their faith shipwrecked because they have not been building up their faith. Situations in our lives arise that require faith, faith to stand and believe God and to trust Him, but all too often the lack of faith causes many to give in to the circumstances and allow fear, doubt, guilt and discouragement to allow the promises of God to slip through
their fingers. One day, Jesus prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail in a time of crisis. I know He intercedes for us as well.
These days, let’s build up our faith. Let us be deliberate in growing in our faith, not stagnating or reaching a certain level of faith and staying there. Our desire, prayer and heart should be to grow in faith everyday knowing that there will be a time that we will draw upon the reservoir of faith that we have been building up everyday. He will help us! “Lord, I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief”. Mark 9:24