Proverbs 6:6-11 says,
You lazy people can learn by watching an anthill.
Ants don't have leaders, but they store up food during harvest season.
How long will you lie there doing nothing at all?
When are you going to get up and stop sleeping?
Sleep a little. Doze a little. Fold your hands and twiddle your thumbs.
Suddenly, everything is gone, as though it had been taken by an armed robber (Contemporary English Version).
The Bible says that we can learn a thing or two from ants. Here are the things that I have learned from ants:
We are designed to do life together - the good bits and the bad. Right from the start, God created Eve to be a companion and helper for Adam because he knew it wasn't good for him to be alone. Can you think of some people you could trust and talk to when you are going through a hard time? It could be a friend, parent, youth leader, pastor, chaplain, friend's mum, aunt, etc.
I love Proverbs 4:23 in the Good News Translation - Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Cognitive science is catching up to this Biblical truth that your thoughts shape your life.
We can't control everything that happens to us, but we can control our reaction to those things. You can't control every thought that pops into your head, but you can control which ones get to move in permanently. When I was a teenager, I let some pretty unhelpful thoughts take up residence in my brain and they changed my life. I wish I had really understood what Proverbs 4:23 meant. I encourage you to use a journal to write down your thoughts and reflect on whether they are really true or not. What does the Word of God say about each thought?
It's fair to say that the final week of Jesus was extraordinarily difficult for him. He knew that one of his closest friends was going to betray him, he was about to bear the weight of the sin of the world, and he was about to die. We'll be looking at Jesus in his final week to see how he coped with the stress. Whether you are going through a crisis or you've just hit a rough patch in life, these devotions will give you helpful ways to cope.
Proverbs 3:13-14 says,
Happy is the person who finds wisdom.
And happy is the person who gets understanding.
Wisdom is worth more than silver.
It brings more profit than gold.
Wisdom comes from God. It is the ability to apply knowledge and insight. Godly wisdom is knowing the scriptures and applying them to your life. For example, knowing that the Bible says to tame your tongue and actually choosing words that glorify God and build others up. James 3:13 says, Is there anyone among you who is truly wise and understanding? Then he should show his wisdom by living right. He should do good things without being proud. You actions will prove whether you are wise or not. If finding wisdom makes you happy, I want a double serving. It is also valuable - it's worth more than silver and gold.
Challenge: Do you actions show that you are wise?
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.