1075) My Ants


     God is always doing the unexpected to win us back to Himself.  And what could be more unexpected than for God himself to come among us, take our sins upon himself, and suffer and die for us so that we might be forgiven and return to Him?  Three thousand years ago the Psalmist (8:3-4) wondered about this very thing when he wrote, “Almighty God, when I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun and the moon which you have set in place, what are we that you even pay attention to us and care for us?”

     When I read those verses I think about the many ants that live rent-free on my property.  Soon, they will again be building their little kingdoms all over my lawn.  I don’t care about ants and I don’t pay any attention to them; that is, unless they get to be too much of a nuisance, and then I poison them or step on them.  Why should I care about ants?  

     But when you think about it, we have more in common with ants than we have with God.  In the spectrum from little to big, from unimportant to very important, from lower to higher forms of intelligence, we are far closer to the ants than to God.  Look at all we have in common with ants:

We are limited to our bodies, and so are the ants.  God is an infinite being who chose to take on a body in the form of Jesus Christ, but is in no way limited by that.  God can be in all places at all times.  

We are limited to creeping around on this little planet all our days, and so are the ants.  God owns and occupies the whole universe.  

Our time on this earth is limited and then we die, just like ants.  God lives and reigns to all eternity.  

We are more intelligent than ants, but not so smart that we can’t learn something from them.  In Proverbs 6:6 God says, “Look at the ant, you sluggards, consider its ways and be wise.”  Proverbs 30:25 says the ants are little, but at least they know enough to save for the future.  We might also add they are better organized and work together more efficiently than most human organizations.  So, in some ways we might be smarter than the ants and in other ways not.  But God, far above ants and humans, knows all and sees all.

     Compared to the distance between God and us, we are only a little bigger, a little smarter, and live a little longer than ants.  Still, I am happy to ignore my ants and all the other ants in the world.  

     Yet, God cares about each one of us humans, all over the world, defiant, disobedient, and insignificant little creatures that we are.  God cares enough to tell us how to live and correct us if we disobey; cares enough to love us and promise us another life; and cares enough to come to earth in person, taking our sin upon himself so that we may be forgiven.  

     For God to become flesh and dwell among us (John 1:14) was a bigger stretch than it would be for me to become an ant in my backyard and dwell among them (and then, continuing the comparison, allow them to kill me!).  

     It is for us to wonder at such amazing grace, and to respond to it with love and faith and obedience.


John 1:14…11-12  —  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth…  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

Philippians 2:5-8  —  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servantbeing made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross.


Prayer based on Psalm 8:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
Who am I that you even pay any attention to me,
    Who am I, that you even care about me?

Yet, you have made me only a little lower than the angels
    and crowned me with glory and honor.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.