How shall we work and how long shall we work? Gen3.19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
After the fall, God sent Adam out of the Garden of Eden to toil and that toil is by the “sweat of our face”. How long will we toil; “till you return to the ground”. God does not have a retirement plan. Planning for retirement is certainly a responsibility, and by God’s grace and mercy we will be cared for. The Psalmist makes his plea: Psalm71.9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. God answers; Isa46.4 even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
Why are we working so hard? In fact, God created the earth to be worked. Gen2.5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground…
One of the things that we find when we look into space is that there is no other planet where a crop can be worked…work is a blessing and it should be looked upon as such; when we do, we will find peace at work.
Who gives us our skills and our job? It is God that gives us the skills that we use in work. Ex36.1 Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whom the Lord has put skill and intelligence to know how to do any work in the construction of the sanctuary shall work in accordance with all that the Lord has commanded.
Who pays us? It is God that pays us. Job34.11 For according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.
How long is the work day? Psalm104.23 Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening.
How should we see our jobs? Prov16.3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Every job is a job unto the Lord. Ecclesiastes3:12–13 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Every job is a gift of God.
We work to provide and share? Work is ordained by God and man is to share with anyone in need…sharing is ordained by God, welfare by government is not. Eph4.28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
How does God count the father that does not provide for his family? 1Tim5.8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Not many people know that God sees one that will not care for his family as “worse than an unbeliever”.
Here are some closing instructions for men from the Apostle Paul. 1Thess5.13b Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Should any man need help, God has promised us wisdom abundantly. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 4:00 AM CDT