PRAISE GOD FOR WORK
I know a lot of people consider work a necessary evil. There are a lot of reasons for this as many workplaces are set in permanent survival mode or keeping heads above water mode.
There are signs of this:
· All projects are urgent
· Appointments are constantly missed or being re-scheduled
· Overwhelming stress
· Little to no joy
· Everyone is in reactionary mode
When David was fleeing from Saul in the Psalms, he was in that mode of survival. The thing that spurred him on to success is that he turned his attention away from the circumstance and towards God. He identifies his obstacles. Psalm 57: 4 says “I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts.” David’s enemies were plotting against him but God had his protection and deliverance, as he does ours today.
The lesson here of David is that he knew, as we should know, that God is to be exalted, praised, and lifted up among all nations no matter the circumstance. And when God delivered him as when He delivers us, David did and we are to praise God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Being a musician, it was fairly easy for David to express his praises in song about what all God had done for him.
We have all had those David survival moments where God brings us thru that difficult time. God was thinking about how we would grow from it and we were just wanting to survive it. We should be praising the Lord with our words and lives. Is our life a witness for the Lord? For most of us our life includes a work place. We are to thank God for our jobs and that we have the ability to work. The credit for all we have goes to Him and that includes our work accomplishments. I will end today with one of my favorite verses….Colossians 3: 23 which says “23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters.
“The work you do today may be difficult and tiring, but we should still thank God for it because it is His gift to us - the ability to provide for our needs.” Dr. David Jeremiah