“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6)
I don’t like ants, but they have enormous energy and strength. They never seem to rest. They are always productive and busy. There is a lesson of a need for application and hard work.
There is fruit from good, honest labor, focus, and application. If we wait for it to happen by itself, it probably won’t. We have a responsibility to be productive with the gifts and resources given to us. In a very real way, we are, and will be, held accountable.
Take a moment to reflect on your application. Are you focused and applying your resources with wisdom?
Quick Prayer. “Give me the focus and energy to be productive Lord.” Amen
“In the beginning God created….” (Genesis 1:1)
How gracious it was of our Creator to model work in His very first act on our behalf. In the beginning He…created, an act of work, followed by rest. Is work important to God? Oh yes, it is so important that he acted it out in the very beginning of creation.
Why would He do that unless He wanted to point something out? He values work. Often we work for a wage, a profit, and see it as just a way to provide. God clearly has a different perspective. Will we allow Him to shift our worldview?
He took the time to carefully lay out the creative process as a working week. He values our work as a Godly attribute. If it is important to Heavenly Father, it should be important to us.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you value what I do for work.” Amen
“Six days you shall labor and do all your work.” (Exo 20:9)
Are we called to labor? Are we called to work? This Scripture is often quoted as a pointer to the importance of Sabbath, and quite rightly so. But how often do we give ascendency and importance to the rest while ignoring the God-given instruction to labor and call to work?
Without labor there is no rest. God instructs us to work, and God instructs us to rest. There is a balance and restoration in recognizing a calling to both. Both honor God, both bring blessing, and both should be acknowledged as God’s provision and will.
If we labor well and according to God’s principles, we will bring blessing to ourselves, our family, and those around us. If we honor the Sabbath, we will be refreshed and balanced in our relationships with God, family, and community. If we honor and obey God’s instructions to rest, we are then available to do His will for the other six days.
Quick Prayer: I didn’t think I would say this, but thank You for work. Amen.
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” (Gen 2:2)
Is working an idea from God? Yes it is. He even demonstrated it from the beginning. We all know that He rested to demonstrate a day of rest, but He also worked to demonstrate work. It is blindingly obvious when you stop and think about it.
He planned, implemented, considered, and moved in structured steps. He stopped to review periodically, made sure it was good, and then moved to the next stage.
He could have spoken it all in one word, yet He chose to demonstrate work. Work is intrinsically good because it was birthed in the heart of God. It has value just in its execution. God is good, God works, and therefore work is good. What did He rest from? Work.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for demonstrating work and showing that it has value. Amen.