BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
The Blessing of Work
J. Steven Lang
has become a four-letter word for many people. Societies go through cycles --
one generation works hard and plays little, another generation reverses the trend.
Right now we seem to be in a pro-play, anti-work feeling. We seem to have forgotten
the truth of William James's statement: "Nothing is work unless you would rather
be doing something else." In other words, if you truly enjoy work, it isn't work.
Maybe we've neglected this truth and fallen prey to the "can't wait till Friday"
mentality. The Bible makes no pleasant promises to people who spend their entire
work week looking forward to the weekend.
Hard work means prosperity; only
fools idle away their time.
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become
Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent
make use of everything they find.
Proverbs 12:11, 24, 27
An empty stable
stays clean, but no income comes from an empty stable.
Work brings profit,
but mere talk leads to poverty!
Proverbs 14:4, 23
To balance out the "work
hard and succeed" promises of the Book of Proverbs, the Book of Ecclesiastes assures
us that human beings cannot find their ultimate satisfaction in work. Only
God can provide that kind of satisfaction:
As I looked at everything I had
worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless. It was like chasing the
wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
a hard worker in the Lord's service, had no patience with laziness. He not only
knew that idleness displeased God, but it also made unbelievers have a low opinion
This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding
your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before.
As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and
you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs.
Those who won't care for their own relatives, especially those living
in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than
1 Timothy 5:8
Paul promised Christians something that we often
forget: Work does not need to be humdrum, because we can do it to the glory of
God. Like any part of ourselves, our work -- whatever it may be -- can honor the
Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching.
As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
See also Money, Success.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.