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devotionals

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and TO FIND SATISFACTION IN WORK. Then I realized that THESE PLEASURES ARE FROM THE HAND OF GOD.” Ecc 2:24

Pastor vinod rasaily

By Pastor Vinod

WORK - A BLESSING FROM GOD

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink AND TO FIND SATISFACTION IN WORK. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Ecc 2:24

Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:31-33 what our primary focus regarding work should be:

Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Undoubtedly, earning a living is important to life. However, we can easily drift into over-emphasizing the day-to-day, wage-earning job above Christian responsibilities. At the same time, the Kingdom of God can easily suffer from the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. To guard against this happening, we must consciously put God’s Word and work as our highest priorities. This is not to say that Christian works should be given the greater time but that we must have a higher regard for them. We must consider it an absolute necessity not to neglect them.

Work is defined as “the physical or mental activity directed toward the accomplishment of a project one has either been assigned or undertaken on his own volition.” God, in whose image we are being created, is our overall Model. **The first image God gives mankind of Himself is of Him working.

Gen 1: 26 establishes the early time-setting when work was shown as an assigned responsibility of mankind:

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…”

The Bible’s first two chapters shows God at work. In our culture, people generally think that as one rises in importance, he is relieved of most work, a flawed concept to say the least. In His culture, nobody is higher than God, and Jesus stated that God works continually (Jon 5:17). Genesis 1 and 2 provide as clear an example of His activity as is found in Scripture.

Gen 2:15 adds to our understanding of God as our Model of work and of work being an assigned responsibility: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” If we follow the orderly, step-by-step sequence of events as God creates, He did not create Adam and Eve until everything physically necessary for living was in place and operational. The narrative shows that He led them to the Garden, and His first command to mankind, represented by them, lets them know that they had to work to guard the Garden from deteriorating and to make it productive.

Note three significant things from this opening revelation about work:

1) God gives no indication to man that he is entitled to something for nothing.

2) The command to work preceded Adam and Eve’s sin, so we must understand that work is not a penalty for sin. Gen 3:17-19, God’s pronouncement of Adam’s curse, makes this point plain: Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil (Heb ‛itstsâbôn also means sorrow and pain) you shall eat of it all the days of your life In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground…”

**The curses for their sin definitely made work more difficult, but the responsibility to work continued otherwise unchanged.

3) Therefore, Ecc 2:24 highlights God’s original command regarding work: “There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.” Thus, work is a blessing, a valuable gift from God.

“In heaven we shall appear, not in armor, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.”

– William Gurnall

devotionals

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and TO FIND SATISFACTION IN WORK. Then I realized that THESE PLEASURES ARE FROM THE HAND OF GOD.” Ecc 2:24

Pastor vinod rasaily

By Pastor Vinod

WORK - A BLESSING FROM GOD

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink AND TO FIND SATISFACTION IN WORK. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Ecc 2:24

Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:31-33 what our primary focus regarding work should be:

Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Undoubtedly, earning a living is important to life. However, we can easily drift into over-emphasizing the day-to-day, wage-earning job above Christian responsibilities. At the same time, the Kingdom of God can easily suffer from the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome. To guard against this happening, we must consciously put God’s Word and work as our highest priorities. This is not to say that Christian works should be given the greater time but that we must have a higher regard for them. We must consider it an absolute necessity not to neglect them.

Work is defined as “the physical or mental activity directed toward the accomplishment of a project one has either been assigned or undertaken on his own volition.” God, in whose image we are being created, is our overall Model. **The first image God gives mankind of Himself is of Him working.

Gen 1: 26 establishes the early time-setting when work was shown as an assigned responsibility of mankind:

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…”

The Bible’s first two chapters shows God at work. In our culture, people generally think that as one rises in importance, he is relieved of most work, a flawed concept to say the least. In His culture, nobody is higher than God, and Jesus stated that God works continually (Jon 5:17). Genesis 1 and 2 provide as clear an example of His activity as is found in Scripture.

Gen 2:15 adds to our understanding of God as our Model of work and of work being an assigned responsibility: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” If we follow the orderly, step-by-step sequence of events as God creates, He did not create Adam and Eve until everything physically necessary for living was in place and operational. The narrative shows that He led them to the Garden, and His first command to mankind, represented by them, lets them know that they had to work to guard the Garden from deteriorating and to make it productive.

Note three significant things from this opening revelation about work:

1) God gives no indication to man that he is entitled to something for nothing.

2) The command to work preceded Adam and Eve’s sin, so we must understand that work is not a penalty for sin. Gen 3:17-19, God’s pronouncement of Adam’s curse, makes this point plain: Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil (Heb ‛itstsâbôn also means sorrow and pain) you shall eat of it all the days of your life In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground…”

**The curses for their sin definitely made work more difficult, but the responsibility to work continued otherwise unchanged.

3) Therefore, Ecc 2:24 highlights God’s original command regarding work: “There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.” Thus, work is a blessing, a valuable gift from God.

“In heaven we shall appear, not in armor, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.”

– William Gurnall