When I first read this verse, I think about my job. I work smack dab in the middle of supply chain as a production planner. Like others, we have fought the many challenges over the last two years. Work can be very hard. However, God has been showing other areas of my life that are hard work.
Relationships can be challenging. I know that close friendships can seem like less work (they do get easier in one sense when Christ is the center), but all relationships take effort. The Bible gives commands in many places about our relationships. Galatians 6 and Ephesians 5 and 6 are good examples.
I know the challenges can cause us to back away from the difficulties of relationships. My Type A personality sometimes scares me (and probably others) with the intensity of my feelings. However, God is bigger than all the challenges. He will continue to work in my life (Philippians 1:6). He will bring the changes I need to work as hard as the ant.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing examples like the ant to show me what I need to do. Please help me to work hard in all areas of my life to honor and glorify You.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.God is so good