Take a lesson from the aunts, 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.
Every other summer, our family makes applesauce in the summer to eat for the next two winters. The kids all have jobs to help—washing apples, turning the crank, adding a bit of sugar to the freezer boxes full of hot applesauce. If the kids start to complain, I can remind them we are like ants—storing up food for the winter, just like these verses tell us to! Can you think of ways you work hard like an ant?
Or, possibly, you would rather sleep all day and have screen time. There are times to do this, but it is important to be a hard worker so you have food to eat. These verses say that poverty (not having enough money to buy food) will jump on you like a robber. A robber steals your money and things and hurts you. Throughout your life, remember to be a hard worker—like an ant!
Dear Lord, Please help me work hard and to be wise about how I spend my time. Thank you for providing food for me and for giving me energy to work. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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