Be Blessed in Your Work
The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.
Adam was created to tend and enjoy the magnificent garden God had given him. When he sinned, God turned the first couple out of the garden to a frustrating soil that bore thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17-19).
While our frustration may be part of God’s curse, there are also blessings that come from our work. We have the satisfaction of filling our family’s physical needs, which drives us on. There is also the joy of helping others and filling community needs. Also, there is a real joy in diligently using the talents and brains God has given us in a useful way.
We need to be careful, however, that our work is not done in vanity (Habakuk 2:13) or for evil coveteousness (Isaiah 5:8; Habakuk 2:9), and therefore labor toward our own ruin. Nor should it occupy so much of our time that we have no time or energy left for our families or for the worship of God and the study of His Word (John 6:27). All our work should be centered in the One who truly supplies all our needs. We should find our true reward there, as we labor to honor God.
Jeroboam. Solomon observed how well this young man did his work, so he put Jeroboam in charge of a large labor force. Jeroboam was blessed by his godly diligence (1 Kings 11:28).
Prayer of Application
Heavenly Father, thank You for my work. In it I am given satisfaction and fulfillment, yet also frustration, difficulty, and conflict that show me my faults and aid in my sanctification.
Copyright 2016 – Robert C. Beasley