March 24, 2017

Work Struggles

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 24, 2017

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:17

Work  is often work. Painful toil is a consequence of what happened in the beginning—God cursed the ground, because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Labor became laborious. Instead of paradise in the sinless Garden of Eden, there was blood, sweat and tears mingled with sin. Work is not meant to be ease, but intense effort.

“So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken” (Genesis 3:23).

Is your work a struggle? Are you in one of the most stressful seasons of your career? If so, God doesn’t waste pain. It’s in your discomfort that He comforts and in your unease that He gives courage. If the Lord has your attention in an environment out of your control, stay true to what you can do and leave the results with God. In stress seek Jesus. “So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:20).

Furthermore, see work as worship to Almighty God, a sacrifice of service you lay before Him for the Holy Spirit to ignite with power and effectiveness. Lift your heart and head in humility and present your hands and feet by faith—all for God’s glory. Silently sing in sincere worship while you work. Worshipful music does for the ears, what the Sistine Chapel does for the eyes—it’s lovely to listen to for the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Lastly, look at your work as a testament to excellence on behalf of Jesus. Your ministry is your work and your work is your ministry. Monday through Saturday are not secular days of service, but a Christian’s sacred obligation to model their faith with first rate work. Perhaps you facilitate a Bible study at lunch, or before or after hours. Your outstanding effort in the enterprise earns you the right to prayerfully and graciously share your faith.

So—when job security is jittery and insecure—exhibit peace from God in the form of calm contentment and patient perseverance. Work struggles are the scenario that others can see you act out what you say you believe. Perhaps your bold belief during adverse work conditions activates believers and leads unbelievers to begin their belief in Christ.

“Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you” (1 Thessalonians 2:9).

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I worship You with my work and in my work, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Application

Do my struggles at work lead me to worship my Savior Jesus and model excellent work?

Related Reading

Ecclesiastes 8:15; 2 Corinthians 11:26-31; Revelation 9:19-20

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Comments

  1. Laura Nye says:

    What about all the people who don’t have to work/toil/labor and just have money thrown at them for who they are?

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Laura~
      Goodness, that is a hard question….Personally, I don’t know of anyone who has money that has not worked for it but I know there are some folks out there. My first thought is to pray that they would be good stewards of what God has blessed them with. God has so much to say about money, stewardship and giving in His Word.
      “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
      Proverbs 13:11

      I don’t know, Laura. You ask a thought-provoking question. My thoughts are :If they do have money “thrown at them for who they are” but don’t know the Lord, are they really rich or “lucky”?

      Grateful for you,
      Gwynne

  2. Miriam Rosario says:

    Blessings…looking thru FB for more profiles about teaching and doctrinal study of The WORD…and came about to yours thru Discovery House….GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD because in thought I am seeking for materials that can benefit my closer and deeper walk with and in Christ Jesus…..Thank you…blessings

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Miriam,
      WOW!! We are so thankful you found us and you are so right: “GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!!! Welcome to the Wisdom Hunter’s family! Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you. Please take a look at our website http://www.wisdomhunters.com to learn more about us and to read past daily devotionals.
      Grateful for you~
      Gwynne (gwynne@wisdomhunters.com)

      “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
      Hebrews 12:2


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