Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. —Psalm 104:23

            Work is not a “necessary evil.”   It is what God has designed us for.   We are created after the image of our Creator to be creative in work and life. Not only that, but “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).  So what are the “works” God has prepared for you and for me in advance for us to do? May we be faithful in them!

            God had work for Adam, and his “suitable helper” (Genesis 2:20). He “took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). They were to use their God-given talents, gifts and creativity in the garden where God had placed them together.

            So it is with us. God has place us in time and location to do the works He has for us (Acts 17:26). It is up to us to seek His guidance into those works. The works are already prepared. We just need to know what they are. So let us seek the Lord who has promised to “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).

             Man is expected to be involved in work. It is not optional. When only natural light or lamps existed the typical work day was just that… during the day as the verse above mentioned. Now with artificial light illuminating the darkness 24 hours a day, man can work at various times. But it was the daylight hours that were typically the norm at one time.  

           Paul said of the man who is able to work and makes the choice not too— “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (I Thessalonians 3:10). He said that “some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat (I Thessalonians 3:11-12).   This is the typical plan for man— work not only to provide for their self or family, but also to have “plenty left over to share with others” (II Corinthians 9:8).

           So let us be faithful in the work our Lord God Almighty has prepared for us!   Yes, dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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