Like it or not the Internet has become one of the primary source of information for many. Even traditional institutes of learning are making their syllabi available to prospective students online. Centuries ago, people would seek out wise men, to sit at their feet and hope to glean a fraction of their immense knowledge and wisdom. One of these wise men is King Solomon – undisputedly the wisest man ever. Many of his profound sayings are recorded in the Book of Proverbs; some will mesmerise you while a few will confound you. For example, the time when he exhorts his readers to take a lesson from the ant.
“Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise” (Prov 6:6)
What can we learn from the ants?
Ants teach us how to be self-motivated. “Which, having no captain, overseer, or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest” (Prov 6:7-8). No one carries a whip behind the ant to ensure the work gets done. There are no time cards in the anthill. No ant mothers nag their babies to get out of bed. These creatures are self-motivated, and need no captain to ensure they get their work done. Why? Their work is for their own good!
Today, I would like to tell you about another lesson we can and must learn from ants. And I am talking about their ability to survive a flood. Before I tell you why this is important to us, do take a moment to watch this short video.
In my post,The End is Here but Not Yet, I said that God will raise up Noahs in the last days and give them the blueprint for a different kind of ark that will preserve the Faithful and Righteous. These ‘arks’ are the churches that will “endure to the end”. Many will mock at them for they do not fit any mould that we have today. Some, who are reading this, might immediately think that I am speaking of “The Organic Church”; but I am not.
The video you’ve just watched was about how a colony of fire ants survived the recent floods in South Carolina which claimed 19 lives. The question that begs asking is “Why was a colony of ants able to survive when humans weren’t?” Answer: Unity.
Many are under the impression that the most important thing a Christian will have in the last days is their personal relationship with God. While having a personal and living relationship with God is always good, such a notion stems from a Western worldview which is largely individualistic. If all you need to endure the End Time tribulation is a personal relationship with God, there would be no need for the writer of Hebrews to say, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:24-25).
He exhorts believers everywhere to meeting together regularly. Christians are already doing that, you say. Yes, they are. But this verse does not just tell us to meet regularly, it also tells us what we ought to do when we meet: to stir up one another to love and good works. Are we doing that?
In another part of the epistle he says that we should “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” and that no one will fall away from the living God as a result of an unbelieving heart (Heb 3:12-13).
Christians, including Christian leaders, are falling (morally and spiritually) all around us. Some react with compassion while a few will cast Pharisaic stones. Scripture has warned us that “that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first” (2 Thes 2:3). No one is exempt; no one is immune. It could happen to you and I. The only protection we have is one another. We have to be “our brother’s keeper”. This, being each other’s keeper, will be the most significant feature of the Last Day church. It is that which will lift us above the deluge of lawlessness in the last days.