The other day, I was relaxing at home when I noticed something that I couldn’t take my eyes off. I saw a little piece of cake being moved about on the dining table. I wonder what could be happening until I looked closely and observed a group of ants moving the cake around. I thought to myself; “How could those tiny creatures achieve such a feat?” Immediately, I remembered what the Bible says about the ants.

Friend, there are little mighty things that are a wonder on the earth. One of such is the ants (Proverbs 30:24-25). It’s amazing how and why God would ask us to go to the ants to learn wisdom. What could be so special about the ants that would require us to learn from them? The Bible speaks about the ways and the wisdom of the ants (Proverbs 6:6-11).

Wisdom is seen in the ways of a man. There is the way of wisdom, and there is the way of folly (Proverbs 3:17). You don’t have to be big to do big things. Like the ants, what is working inside of you is more important than your physical size. Wisdom is justified by her children (Luke 7:35). From the ants, we learn the art of self-leadership.

It is worthy of note that the ants do not have a leader or guide over them, yet they could get massive things done. The ants have mastered the art of self-leadership (Proverbs 6:7). What about you? Are you self-led? Are you a locomotive or a wheelbarrow? Some people can only go as far as they are pushed. Remove the push, and they won’t go any further.

Self-leadership is important if you would achieve anything worthwhile with your life. There are times when friends, pastors, and those to whom we look won’t be available. This is where self-leadership is needed. Notice how David encourged himself in the Lord, and you would appreciate the need to be self-led (1 Samuel 30:6). You do not always have to depend on external factors for your drive and motivation.

The ants are strategic. They do not allow life to happen to them. Rather, they happen to life. They would not be a victim of scarcity and hunger because they have learnt to plan ahead (Proverbs 6:8). What about you? Are you strategic? Are you planned? Are you intentional about your life and destiny? Rather than waiting for your chance in life, you need to create those chances (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12). This is the wisdom of the ants.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria