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THE ENEMY OF WISDOM

TRUTH: If you were to be bitten by an animal to have super powers, what would it be and why? Today we’ll talk about ANTS. Here are some interesting facts about ants: Ants are known to be the smartest species of insects with about 250,000 brain cells and have an average life span of 45-60 days. A human brain has 10,000 million brain cells so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human. The legs of the ant are very strong so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could run as fast as a racehorse. Ants can lift 20 times their own body weight. If a worker ant has found a good source for food, it leaves a trail of scent so that the other ants in the colony can find the food. The queen ant lives up to ten or twenty years.

Last week, we learned about fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom. Now that we know what that means, how does a wise person live? In most situations, we already know the wise thing to do. But why do we still don’t do it? One of the most common reasons for young people is this: laziness. Lazy to move, lazy to make a stand, lazy to do the right thing, lazy to be excellent, lazy to fix priorities. We only have one point to remember today: THE ENEMY OF WISDOM IS LAZINESS.

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Ants have no commander. Proverbs 6:9-10 How long will you lie there. What do you usually do when no one is looking or telling you what to do? 2. Therefore the queen is best understood as the reproductive element of a colony rather than a leader. a little slumber. They continuously prepare for the future. It’s in the ants’ nature to be hardworking. instead her sole function is to reproduce. overseer or ruler forcing them to work. Ants store their provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest Ants don’t have watches or calendars. consider its ways and be wise! What does “sluggard” mean? (habitually lazy person) What is the command to sluggards? Proverbs 6:7-8 [7] It has no commander.” But many times. [8] yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.How is your “laziness meter” today? In your experience. She has no known authority or decision-making control. how does laziness affect us? How do we get rid of laziness? Did you know that the Bible uses the ant to rebuke us of our laziness and lack of wisdom? Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant. no overseer or ruler. What can we learn from ants? 1. They don’t procrastinate. a little folding of the hands to rest— 2 . we do the opposite: “Play now. but they know when it’s summer. you sluggard. overseer. you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? [10] A little sleep.” In what ways are you preparing yourself for the future? Remember that we prepare ourselves by making wise choices NOW. Summer for the ants is the best time to store their food! It’s in their instinct. They just have the initiative. A wise person said this: “Work now. work later. not later. They have no commander. play later. or ruler The “queen ant” has very little control over the colony as a whole.

) That is why the enemy of wisdom is laziness! Look up the Proverbs below and compare a diligent and lazy person: [Leader: If you have limited time. a weekly day of rest and restoration.] THE DILIGENT Become rich Gather their crops Have plenty of food Gain many rewards Will become leaders Make good use of resources Will prosper Bring profit Path is open Stay awake and have food to spare Make careful plans Love to give THE LAZY Are soon poor Sleep during harvest Have no sense Will become slaves Waste good resources Want much but get little Experience poverty Path is blocked Love sleep and grow poor Make hasty shortcuts Desire things but refuse to work for them Are full of excuses for not working Experience poverty because of laziness 3 REFERENCE Prov 10:4 Prov 10:5 Prov 12:11 Prov 12:14 Prov 12:24 Prov 12:27 Prov 13:4 Prov 14:23 Prov 15:19 Prov 20:13 Prov 21:5 Prov 21:25. the consequences of laziness will come unexpectedly. the more we waste our lives. What does this verse say is the consequence of laziness? Why does it compare to a bandit and an armed man? What is taken away from us when we give in to laziness? (Just as a bandit and an armed man comes when we least expect it. Laziness is a habit that progresses a little bit each time. If we are not careful to make wise choices now. 26 Prov 22:13 Prov 28:19 Reap abundance through hard work . it will overpower us. So what if we don’t overcome laziness now? What can the consequence be? Proverbs 6:11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. paralyze us and steal the rewards of a great future. If we are not prepared. The ant is used as an example because it utilizes its energy and resources economically. (Life Application Bible) The more that we linger in our laziness. But we should not rest when we should be working.This does not mean we should never rest: God gave the Jews the Sabbath. it will be harder to get out of this bad habit. you may just choose 3-5 verses.

famous. We work hard. but to serve God with our very best during our lives.Proverbs make it clear that diligence—being willing to work hard and do one’s best at any job given to him or her—is a vital part of wise living. or admired (although these may be by-products). not to become rich. (Source: Life Application Bible) How would you evaluate yourself today? Have you been wise and diligent? Or have you been giving in to the habits of laziness? What are the habits of laziness that you usually give in to? Caught in a laziness trap? You can start making wise choices today! What can you do immediately to overcome your habits of laziness? 4 .