The Ants Go Marching



The ants go marching. With the first real warmth of an ever-nearing spring, ants have entered my kitchen domain. After observing their behavior, I have reached the conclusion that ants are not very smart.

Ants don’t heed warning signs. I placed poisonous bait because the ants’ behavior is so predictable. Once the foraging ants are hooked by the bait, they return with even more ants. Although dead ants litter the counter, the live ants ignore the warning for their future and return to what is sweet and attractive in the present. Before too long, the entire colony will follow the same path of destruction.

We are so much smarter than ants. We can recognize what will harm us. We would never lead others astray. We wouldn’t follow the crowd into danger. We think and act beyond present self-gratification. Right? Regardless of our answer, the bottom line is that all of us need God’s help. Satan is an enemy that will use anything to entice and ensnare us in sin.

Through God’s Holy Spirit, God equips us to be on guard and to follow in our Lord Jesus’ footsteps of obedience. We never march alone for Jesus knows our suffering and temptations in life. Even more comforting than being able to sympathize with us, Jesus has secured our victory over Satan and evil. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross settled the matter once and for all by upholding eternal life in Himself and eternal defeat in Satan.

May we joyfully live out the victory that is already ours!

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

Colossians 2:15

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.