Devotional: ‘God Blesses Hard Work’

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Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, 8 provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest. 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep—11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.

We live in a day when fewer and fewer people are willing to work. Many think they are entitled to a free handout. Yet the Bible teaches us that God blesses our honest labor. When looking for a way to illustrate this, God used the lowly ant.

Many of us have witnessed the busyness of ants. Constantly they are on the go. Though we might give little attention to their activity, Solomon tells us that they are working diligently in order to gather their food for winter. They are not sitting back, waiting for someone else to bring them a meal. They are busy working and God is blessing their work by providing for them all they need.

Scripture teaches us that God created work ‘before’ Adam and Eve sinned.

Genesis 2:15 “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 

Work was a part of Adam’s service to God. It was a part of his worship. By being faithful to care for the Garden, Adam was demonstrating his humble submission to his Creator.

Paul tells us – “…whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord…” (Colossians 3:23) Whether it’s running a major business or washing a sink full of dirty dishes, whatever we do we should do it as unto the Lord.

God bless you brethren.

* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.

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