“The workers labored faithfully.” (2 Chr 34:12)
If someone were to take a poll on you and ask about your attributes would faithfulness make it to the top? I doubt it would even make my list, yet it is something we should value highly.
Faithfulness is best described as adhering firmly and devotedly to someone or something that elicits or demands one’s fidelity. The workers in this Scripture applied themselves to the task at hand with diligence and excellence.
We are called to a way that should compel us to integrity, devotion, excellence, and faithfulness. Fortunately, we serve one who is keen to see us produce such fruit and will ensure we do.
Quick Prayer: There is something wonderful in faithfulness—such an honorable trait. Keep me faithful, Lord. Amen.
“Laban said to him, ‘Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.’” (Gen 29:15)
There is nothing wrong in negotiating. Don’t mistake humility with vulnerability. We are not called to be doormats while we love and serve those around us. If you provide a valuable service or product, ensuring you are well rewarded is an important part of unlocking resources for you and those around you.
Likewise if you are a skilled worker who does a great job serving God with integrity and excellence, ensure you are well rewarded and compensated for your productivity. Linking outcomes to reward is a great way to ensure a share of advantage and blessing. Ask God for insight and favor before you negotiate; He may well surprise you with the outcome.
Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in my negotiation and a boldness to ask. Amen.
“‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Mal 3:5)
If I were to make my list of sins from the most heinous to the least innocuous, sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers would be pretty high on the list. On the other hand, bosses who don’t pay well or avoid their responsibility to pay staff, while obviously not right, would feature lower on the list.
Apparently in this regard among many others, God and I have a different perspective. His view is that these people need to be judged and punished in the same way a sorcerer would. Divination and devil worship are equated with a bad-paying boss.
While business owners and bosses may not defraud laborers and staff, if they endeavor to minimize benefits and pay unreasonably, God is watching and has the worker in mind. With authority comes responsibility.
Quick Prayer: I see You equate not paying fairly with adultery and sorcery; I will give it much more importance than I currently do. Amen.