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Most of us don’t like bugs. We don’t like small creatures that crawl or fly or hang by threads in their webs. We recoil when we see spiders, wasps, bees, or anything with six or more legs. No surprise then that in Leviticus 11 the Israelites were forbidden to eat insects, except those with jointed legs for hopping on the ground.

But this did not mean insects were unimportant. In Proverbs 6:6-8, we are commanded to learn from the ant.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Ants are not purposeless or lazy. They seek out needed resources and gather provisions. And, the Proverb says, ants do this in an organized and timely fashion – at summer and harvest, seasons of plenty – so they can sustain themselves throughout the year. Ants are so disciplined that they don’t rely on constant oversight and they don’t need repeated orders from a commander. Each ant has been trained to follow the plan and keep to its mission.

Let’s learn from the ant. Let’s develop spiritual habits that sustain us, spiritual habits that become intuitive and automatic. Perhaps this will mean rededicating ourselves to daily prayer and Bible study. Perhaps this will mean asking the Lord for opportunity to share the Gospel. Perhaps this will mean spending time with children or parents or grandparents. Perhaps this will mean committing to a small group, or helping with Trinity’s ministries, or caring for someone by calling them regularly. As we develop spiritual habits and keep to God's mission, we’ll become like the ant: disciplined and focused so that whatever we do, we do for the glory of God.

Bugs are not likeable. Yet, in the wisdom of God, bugs – especially ants – can teach us very important spiritual lessons.

We're going to take a break from the mid-week devotions for a few weeks. We will resume on August 17.

視頻大意翻譯 (Brief video Chinese translation):

大家早,歡迎參加今天線上靈修。

我們大多數人都不喜歡蟲子。 我們不喜歡爬行,飛行或用線掛在網上的小生物。 當我們看到蜘蛛、黃蜂、蜜蜂,或任何有六條或更多腿的東西時,我們會本能地退縮。 我們不喜歡蚊子在夜間嗡嗡作響,我們不喜歡蜘蛛在浴缸裡,我們不喜歡蒼蠅在窗戶上爬行。 在古代-今天在世界許多地方仍然如此--最大的恐懼之一是蝗蟲群。 這些蝗蟲在幾個小時內就會摧毀莊稼,使整個社區對食物感到絕望。 在利未記11章中,以色列人被禁止吃昆蟲,除了那些有腿關節可以在地上跳躍的昆蟲。

但這並不意味著昆蟲是不重要的。 事實上,在箴言6:6-8中,我們被命令向一隻昆蟲學習。 就是螞蟻。 聽聽這些經文。

懶惰人哪、你去察看螞蟻的動作、就可得智慧.螞蟻沒有元帥、沒有官長、沒有君王、尚且在夏天預備食物、在收割時聚斂糧食。

螞蟻不是沒有目的,漫無目標,更不是懶惰的。 螞蟻從來沒有忘記自己的使命:它尋找所需的資源收集並供給。 而且,箴言說,螞蟻以有組織和及時的方式做這件事--在夏季和豐收的季節,這樣它就可以維持自己一年的生活。 重點是:螞蟻是如此有紀律,因此它們不依靠持續的監督,它們不需要指揮官反覆的命令。 每隻螞蟻都被訓練按計劃行事--而這也正是它們所做的。

這個夏天,讓我們向螞蟻學習。 讓我們養成能支持我們的屬靈習慣,養成直觀和自動的屬靈習慣。 也許這意味著我們要重新致力於每日禱告和學習聖經。 也許這意味著請求主給我們機會與家人、朋友、同事或鄰居分享福音。 也許這意味著要花時間與我們的孩子、父母或祖父母相處。 也許這將意味著委身於一個小組,或參與教會的事工,或透過定期打電話來關心某人。 然後,我們將變得像螞蟻一樣:有紀律且專注,這樣,無論我們做什麼,都是為了神的榮耀。

蟲子並不討人喜歡。 大多數看起來都很醜陋,尤其是近看。 然而,在神的智慧中,蟲子—特別是螞蟻--可以教給我們非常重要的屬零功課。

讓我們禱告

線上靈修將休息幾周,並在8月17日恢復。

Grace and peace

Pastor Callum