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.
The Holy Bible : Today’s New International Version. 2005 (Pr 6:6–8). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Working hard, with perseverance, has obvious benefits. Those who don’t work, Paul indicates, shouldn’t eat (see 2 Thessalonians 3:10). This proverb also makes me think of the rather famous Aesop Fable:
The Ants and the Grasshopper
A Grasshopper that had merrily sung all the summer was almost perishing with hunger in the winter. So she went to some Ants that lived near and asked them to lend her a little of the food they had put by. “You shall certainly be paid before this time a year comes again,” said she.
“What did you do all the summer?” asked they.
“Why, all day long, and all night long too, I sang, if you please,” answered the Grasshopper.
“Oh, you sang, did you?” said the Ants. “Now, then you can dance.” Then the Grasshopper knew, “It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”