A Divine Order

“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.

God is a Worker

“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.